On Friday evening there was an incident involving a swimmer at English Bay being bitten on the ankle by a shark.  The individual is currently in a stable condition and recovering well. She will be medevac’d to the UK later this week for further treatment.

A huge appreciation goes to Paul Scipio and Craig Scipio from St Helena who were both on the beach and whose quick response helped recover the swimmer to the safety of the beach.

And of course our own emergency response teams who as ever did a fantastic job. The Sea Rescue team quickly deployed the sea rescue boat, the police were on hand to gather the facts and ensure other beach users were informed of the risk and the careful and professional handling of this matter by our hospital staff.

Ascension Island Government

Administrator’s Office


Ascension Island

24 April 2017


St Helena Government Communications Hub

Telephone: 22470
Email: communications@sainthelena.gov.sh