Shark Attack Brazil: 18-Year-Old Bruni Gobbi Suffers Fatal Bite Moments Before Lifeguard Rescue [GRAPHIC VIDEO]

By iScience Times Staff on July 24, 2013 4:39 PM EDT

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A shark attack in Brazil prompted authorities to close the beach. A sign warns beachgoers to stay clear of the water. (Photo: Reuters)

A shark attack in Brazil claimed the life of an 18-year-old girl who was swimming at Boa Viagem beach in the northeastern Brazil city of Recife, a popular seaside resort, on Monday.

Bruni Gobbi died after she was bitten by a shark while waiting to be rescued by lifeguards. She and her cousin were swimming in the ocean when they began to drown, and had to be helped by rescue team members. But just as the lifeguards headed out into the water to meet them, a shark viciously attacked Gobbi, biting down on her leg and dragging her under the water.

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"We knew there were risks of an attack, but I didn't think that it would happen in the shallow (water), but in the deep," the cousin, who was not identified, told local TV reporters.

The Daily Mail reports that Gobbi was retrieved from the water and rushed to shore. She was taken to a hospital where doctors were forced to amputate her leg. Sadly, the teen later died because of the amount of blood she lost during the shark attack.

The horrific shark attack in Brazil was caught on a security camera, and the footage was uploaded to YouTube. The tape shows Gobbi and her cousin floating just past where the waves are breaking. They appear to be in distress and have a hard time keeping their heads above water. Two lifeguards with yellow floatation devices can be seen making their way out towards the girls. A third lifeguard rushes out on a jet ski.

Right before the lifeguards reach Gobbi, the water erupts in a flurry of motion, and Gobbi briefly disappears under the surface. When the teen reemerges, the water begins to turn red. That's when rescuers reach the young woman, and eventually get her back to shore.

Tragically, the young woman died later at the hospital. 

CNN reports that there have been 57 shark attacks off of Recife's coast in the past 20 years. Forty percent of them occurred at Boa Viagem beach, where Monday's fatal shark attack occurred.

Here is the video of the Shark attack in Brazil. WARNING: the video contains graphic images of the young woman's injuries.

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