Shark attack claims Brazilian teen's life
July 24, 2013 -- Updated 0044 GMT (0844 HKT)
A shark warning sign is pictured on the beach in Recife, Brazil, on June 19.
- An 18-year-old woman died after suffering a shark attack
- Lifeguards were in the midst of rescuing her from drowning when it happened
- She was at a beach with the highest instances of shark attacks in the state
(CNN) -- As lifeguards approached to pull a drowning Brazilian teenager from the water, she suffered a second, fatal misfortune -- a shark attack.
Bruni Gobbi, 18, and a cousin were on the verge of drowning at Boa Viagem beach in the northeastern Brazil city of Recife on Monday, according to the local government's social defense secretariat.
Lifeguards responded immediately to try to save them, and in the midst of the rescue, a shark attacked Gobbi's left leg, the secretariat said.
Rescuers managed to move her to shore, and then to a hospital, but she died later that night, CNN affiliate Globo TV reported.
"The rescuers came in a matter of five minutes, but to us it felt like five years," Gobbi's cousin, Daniele Gobbi, told Globo TV.
Shark attacks Texas teen in waist-deep water
Bruna Gobbi became the first woman to die from a shark attack in the coastal state of Pernambuco since record-keeping began in 1992, O Globo reported.
"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 said.
Sharks have attacked 57 people off of Recife's coast since 1992, according to state data. Of those, 40% of the attacks happened at Boa Viagem beach.
"We speculate, based on the season and the conditions, that it was a bull shark," Rosangela Lessa, president of the agency that monitors shark attacks, told Globo TV.
The local government's security cameras captured the attack and rescue on video.
A lifeguard's Jet Ski-type craft can be seen approaching the stranded swimmers when a sudden flurry of movement creates a splash around Gobbi, followed by a pool of red around her.
An autopsy will be performed, Globo TV reported.
Swimmer killed in shark attack at New Zealand beach
Part of complete coverage on
December 12, 2013 -- Updated 1819 GMT (0219 HKT)
The sign language interpreter widely ridiculed for his performance at the Nelson Mandela memorial stands by his work.
December 12, 2013 -- Updated 1456 GMT (2256 HKT)
Behind the scenes in Cambodian karaoke bars -- a common front for child prostitution.
December 12, 2013 -- Updated 0446 GMT (1246 HKT)
A global risk firm surveys the most politically explosive countries.
December 12, 2013 -- Updated 1801 GMT (0201 HKT)
It's the battle of the tech titans. No, not Apple versus Samsung. Sony has gone head-to-head with Microsoft.
Keep up to date with stories from Europe's biggest tech conference.
December 12, 2013 -- Updated 1509 GMT (2309 HKT)
On Tuesday, I was free. On Wednesday, I became a criminal. India's high court just made being gay illegal, writes Tushar Malik.
December 12, 2013 -- Updated 1046 GMT (1846 HKT)
A Japanese actor says playing villians in Chinese films has helped the China-Japan divide. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.
December 12, 2013 -- Updated 1612 GMT (0012 HKT)
New skyscraper-sized gas plant is the biggest thing on the waves.
December 11, 2013 -- Updated 1524 GMT (2324 HKT)
Pope Francis is Time's person of the year. His papacy has drawn adulation from people around the world for his man-of-the-people ways.
He was imprisoned for life but that did not quiet him. Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president, and an icon and inspiration.
December 12, 2013 -- Updated 1205 GMT (2005 HKT)
Turning 50 is a major milestone in a person's life -- and a country's history.
December 12, 2013 -- Updated 1907 GMT (0307 HKT)
Browse through images you don't always see in news reports, taken by CNN teams all around the world.
Today's five most popular stories