Shark Kills Surfer in Costa Rica

by The Editors on June 24, 2011

Kevin Moraga, 15, was surfing with friends at Playa Grande in the North Pacific side of Costa Rica at a little after noon on Sunday, June 19, 2011 when he was hit by a shark in the left thigh. The bite resulted in massive blood loss, according to a story in the Tico Times.

Moraga was transferred on Wednesday in a coma to the Hospital Mexico in San José, where doctors are better equipped to handle trauma patients. He died Thursday afternoon of a cerebral edema. An edema is caused by a large build-up of fluids in the brain.

This was reportedly the first shark attach at Playa Grande in recent memory. Our thoughts are with Moraga’s family and friends.

[Link: Tico Times via Surfline]

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