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List of all shark attacks in Western Area

Fatal Attacks


Unprovoked Attacks


Total Attacks


There have been a total of 7 shark attacks in Western Area. Out of those, 3 have unfortunately been fatal which brings the percentage of fatal attacks to 42.86%. 6 attacks came out of the blue while 1 have been provoked by humans.




Non Fatal

Lumely Beach, Freetown 27-03-2006 3 m, 600-kg sharkFishingReportedly FATAL but few detailsYES 4 fishermen
Freetown FATALYES 18yo Keith Meaden
Freetown 31-12-1888 Cleaning the side of a shipFATALYES English sailor
02-07-1829 Both hands severedNO Thomas Cargill
River Sierra Leone, 35 miles upriver from Freetown 27-09-1828 British ship, Britannia, was loading lumber. He was bathingLeft arm severed 2.5" from elbow, groin, abdomen, right forearm & hand lacerated, flesh removed from thigh, baring femur. Both arms surgically amputated: left arm above elbow, right arm above wrist. SurvivedNO 17yo Thomas Corrigle, an apprentice from the ship
Tombo Island in the Sierra Leone River 31-05-1827 SwimmingThe boy's foot was bittenNO A boy, one of the crew of the ship Thomas Gelston
Tombo Island in the Sierra Leone River 31-05-1827 SwimmingDavis' leg was severedNO William Davis, of the ship Thomas Gelston
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