Pacific Ocean - North | 1000 Miles West Of Hawaii | Between Wake & Johnston Islands

Incident Details:

year: 1955
location: Between Wake & Johnston Islands
area: 1000 Miles West Of Hawaii
country: Pacific Ocean - North
fatality: non-fatal
species: whitetip
victim: Robert C. Hightower
gender: M
age: unknown
injury: Bitten several times before being rescued after 43 hours in the sea by the freighter Stell Advocate
time:
species detail: Survivors said 2 species of sharks were involved: oceanic whitetip sharks and another species
source: Letter from Captain R. G. Rehrer in letter to G.A. Llano in Sharks and Survival pp.381-382 V.M. Coppleson (1962) p.257
species: whitetip shark
date: 23-Sep-55
activity: Flying Tiger transport plane went down with 5 men onboard

Reconstruction of the Shark Attack

In the year 1955 on the date reported as 23-Sep-55 - Robert C. Hightower, a male aged unknown was Flying Tiger transport plane went down with 5 men onboard near Between Wake & Johnston Islands. A whitetip shark was reported to have attacked Robert C. Hightower. The attack was non-fatal (Bitten several times before being rescued after 43 hours in the sea by the freighter Stell Advocate)