A shark attacked and killed an American tourist surfing off a beach on Mexico’s Pacific coast, police said on Tuesday.
A gray shark bit 24-year-old San Francisco resident Adrian Ruiz in the leg on Monday, opening a 14-inch wound from his hip to his knee and exposing his femur, the public security ministry in the state of Guerrero said in a statement.
Ruiz, who was surfing near the beach town of Troncones, about 22 miles north of the Ixtapa holiday resort, was pulled to the beach by a friend and taken to a hospital where he died of blood loss.
Fatal shark attacks in Mexico are uncommon. The last one was in the Caribbean in 1997, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File. No one has been killed by a shark in Guerrero state since 1977.