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Shark Attack: 'Hero' Teacher Saves Tourist
A PE teacher has been hailed a hero after rescuing a German holidaymaker who lost her arm in a shark attack in Hawaii.
Rick Moore, 57, jumped into the water and swam to help the 20-year-old woman moments after she was attacked while snorkelling off Palauea Beach on Maui island.
"As soon as we stand on the beach, we hear this blood-curdling scream," said Mr Moore, who teaches at Creekside High School in Irvine, California.
"We look out and there was blood everywhere in the white water around her.
"About 10ft from her, I saw her floating on her back, with no arm. It was completely severed from her body."
He pulled her remaining arm around his neck and swam 100 yards through strong currents to get her to the beach.
"It dawned on me, I was in danger now," he added.
"The shark is around me and she's bleeding. I start praying out loud, 'God, God protect us.' She said, 'I'm dying. I know I'm going to die.'"
The US teacher, who is also a pastor, went on: "I started crying out to God and I got this burst of strength. I swam toward the shore."
The woman was starting to lose consciousness, as Mr Moore's friend Nicholas Grisaffi, 61, helped him pull her from the water.
They lay her limp body on a kayak and used it as a stretcher to carry her from the beach.
The woman's three friends stood watching in shock as Mr Moore performed CPR.
"Pretty much everybody was out of control except me and Rick," said Mr Grisaffi, a teacher from Laguna Beach, California.
"If we're not there, she's not saved. Nobody did a thing. They just stood there in shock, watching the blood and everything."
Emergency services arrived and the woman was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center.
Joshua Craddock, a 23-year-old from London, praised Mr Moore's bravery.
"He was pretty heroic and selfless to dive in the water when by this stage she was surrounded by a pool of blood which we could see from the shore," he added.
The two teachers have visited the woman in hospital and said she was in a stable condition.
"I just can't get the screaming out of my head," Mr Grisaffi said. "I won't take risks of going too far out any more."
The beach was closed for 24 hours while lifeguards searched for the shark.
It was not clear what type of shark attacked the woman, whose name has not been released.
It was the seventh shark attack in Hawaiian waters this year, and the fourth on Maui, according to the US state's official figures.
There were 11 shark attacks in Hawaii last year. The last fatal attack was in 2004.