Victim of shark attack in Hawaii dies

HONOLULU — A 20-year-old German woman who lost her right arm in a shark attack near Hawaii last week is being remembered by her family as beautiful and strong after fighting to stay alive.

‘‘We are sad to say that she lost her fight today,’’ her family said Wednesday in a statement through Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Jana Lutteropp was the first person to die from a shark attack in Hawaii since 2004. The incident is drawing attention from state officials, who say they are getting calls from the public about beach safety.


Lutteropp had been on life support since a shark bit her on Aug. 14, as she snorkeled off of Palauea Beach. The family asked that donations in her memory be made to the medical center’s foundation.

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The last time someone in Hawaii died from a shark attack was in 2004. The last fatal attack before that was in 1992.

Hawaii officials announced Tuesday they plan to spend the next two years studying tiger shark movements around Maui amid what they call an unprecedented rise in overall shark attacks since 2012.

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