Melaque Bay, Cihuatlán municipality, Jalisco state, Mexico- December 4, 2023
In a tragic incident on Saturday at Melaque Bay, located on Mexico’s Pacific coast, a woman lost her life in what authorities believe to be a shark attack. The victim, who remains officially unnamed, was discovered deceased by emergency services at the scene, as reported in a statement from the local civil protection and fire service posted on Facebook.
The statement detailed that one of the victim’s legs had been severed, indicating that the injury was consistent with a shark attack. The incident occurred on the same day as a swimming race in Melaque Bay, amplifying the shock and tragedy surrounding the event.
A video circulating on social media, purportedly captures the aftermath, showing an individual being carried from the water with one leg missing. The graphic nature of the footage underscores the severity of the situation.
In response to the tragedy, local authorities have taken precautionary measures, closing the beaches in the area until further notice. Volunteers are actively patrolling the shores, cautioning beachgoers to refrain from entering the water. Red warning flags have been prominently displayed on the sandy shores as a visible alert.
A separate statement from the Cihuatlán municipal government, posted on Facebook, reinforced the closure of local beaches, emphasizing their commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of citizens. The seriousness of the situation prompted the municipal government of nearby La Huerta to issue a warning about the “presence of a shark on the southern coast of Jalisco” in a statement shared on social media.
As the community comes to terms with this sorrowful occurrence, the incident serves as a clear reminder of the unpredictable characteristics of marine environments and underscores the importance of increased vigilance during water-related activities. Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shark attack, seeking to provide answers and prevent future incidents.