A 20-year-old German tourist whose right arm was severed by a shark as she snorkeled off Maui was certain she was going to die—and probably would have were it not for the heroics of a man who swam to her rescue.
Rick Moore, 57, a high school teacher and pastor from Southern California, swam out to a screaming Witteropp and tried to comfort the woman as he helped her reach the shore. Nick Grisaffi, another visitor from Southern California, also assisted in helping Witteropp to shore.
“She was in and out [while] saying these words, ‘I’m dying, I’m going to die,’ and I kept saying to her, ‘no you’re not’,” Moore said. “We’re going to get you to shore. We’re going to save you.”
Once on the shore a police officer placed a tourniquet on Witteropp’s shoulder to stem the blood flow. But she had lost a lot of blood.