53-year-old Donovan Haywood, otherwise called ‘Doggie’ became what is considered the 12th casualty of a shark attack in Jamaican waters since 1827 on Saturday.
That’s on average one shark fatality every 16 years.
There is no central database in Jamaica compiling shark attacks. But, news reports suggest the last fatal shark attack in Jamaica’s waters was in 2018 when 68-year-old spear-fisherman, George, Facey was killed while diving.
Before Mr. Facey there was a shark related death in 2013.
According to reports you’d have to go all the way back to 1961 to find the previous shark fatality.
Reports from this weekend say Mr. Haywood was diving when he was attacked by a shark.
He was eventually rescued by fishermen. But Mr. Haywood eventually died from his wounds.
A video that emerged at the weekend shows that the shark apparently ate his left arm, leaving only the bone.
The Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File, ISAF, investigated 129 alleged shark-human interactions worldwide in 2020. The ISAF confirmed 57 unprovoked shark bites on humans and 39 provoked bites.