SF man killed after shark attack in Mexico

April 29, 2008 11:45:11 PM PDT
On Tuesday night, friends of a San Francisco man who took a surfing trip to Mexico, got the tragic news that he is the victim of a shark attack. Mexican authorities say it happened off the Southern Pacific Coast at Troncones Beach near the resort town of Ixtapa.

The attack happened about 300 yards from shore. Mexican authorities say Adrian Ruiz had only been in Mexico for a day before his encounter with a shark.

Surfing was Adrian Ruiz's passion. In fact, the San Francisco resident traveled the world to find the best surf. There is a picture of Ruiz in Indonesia last year surfing. However, on Monday in Ixtapa, Mexico, ruiz died after being attacked by a shark.

"He loved to surf. He died doing something that he loved," said one of Ruiz's close friends, Eric Griffin.

The gray shark, believed to be 600 to 700 pounds, bit Ruiz's right thigh, leaving a 15 inch wound. His friend Brant Helms was surfing with him and brought him to shore, but by the time they arrived at the hospital, Mexican authorities say Ruiz died due to a severe loss of blood. He was only 25.

He worked as a bartender in San Francisco and his friends say he will be deeply missed.

"Always had a smile on his face. Always would cheer you up if you were in a bad mood. No matter what was happening, you could hang out with him and you'd be happy again. How much he's going to be missed and how much he's loved," said Griffin.

This is the second shark attack along the Pacific Coast in the past several days. On Friday, a great white shark killed a 66-year-old tri-athlete, who was swimming off the San Diego coast. Both attacks are considered to be rare.

According to reports from Mexico, an ambulance was called and was on its way, but because the attack happened at such an isolated location, a bystander drove Ruiz to the hospital instead. It's uncertain whether the delay in getting medical treatment made any difference.


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