Caribbean Sea | Panama | Off Cristobal 200 miles northeast of the entrance to the Panama Canal

Incident Details:

year: 1959
location: Off Cristobal 200 miles northeast of the entrance to the Panama Canal
area: Panama
country: Caribbean Sea
fatality: fatal
species: unknown
victim: Teresea Britton (on raft) & a man (on floating debris)
gender: b
age: 27
injury: fatal X 2 8 others missing. Survivors fought off sharks & sharks seen biting 2 of the dead. The 39 survivors were rescued by the German freighter Essen
time:
species detail:
source: Cambridge Daily News 7-4-1959 V. M. Coppleson (1962) p. 259
species: unknown shark
date: 3-Jul-59
activity: Columbian petrol barge Rio Atrato burned and sank

Reconstruction of the Shark Attack

In the year 1959 on the date reported as 3-Jul-59 - Teresea Britton (on raft) & a man (on floating debris), a female aged 27 was Columbian petrol barge Rio Atrato burned and sank near Off Cristobal 200 miles northeast of the entrance to the Panama Canal. An unknown shark was reported to have attacked Teresea Britton (on raft) & a man (on floating debris). The attack was fatal