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An afternoon they won't forget

'All I could think about was saving her,' says Laguna Beach man who, with friend, tried to rescue a German tourist attacked by a shark while snorkeling in Maui.

September 19, 2013|By Bryce Alderton

"All the men on the beach were in shock. I yelled at the top of my lungs for someone to help me. Rick took his fins off and a guy brought a kayak to put her in. We kept her awake the best we could — [Moore] started CPR — until the [police] arrived."

Grisaffi wore a white rash guard, but it didn't have any red stains on it, indicating how much blood Lutteropp had lost.

Paramedics took Lutteropp to Maui Memorial Medical Center, according to a Honolulu Star-Advertiser story.

Moore and Grisaffi received conflicting information about Lutteropp's condition in the ensuing days, eventually learning from news reports that she diedAug. 21.

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Grisaffi lives near Fisherman's Cove in Laguna, which resembles White Rock beach, he said. He had trouble sleeping the first few days after the encounter.

"What you blocked out of your mind started to surface," Grisaffi said. "I saw the arm all the time and heard screaming."

He wanted to tell swimmers to get out of the water.

"It's gotten better, much better," Grisaffi said. "I'm not waking up and seeing her now."

Grisaffi said he and Moore did what they could and Moore said, for him, compassion eclipsed any possible fear that he could become a shark attack victim.

"God gives me a heroic nature; it comes from Him," Moore said. "I used to think, 'What am I going to get out of it?' And this was a stranger, so why would I do that? It's compassion for people. Jesus said there's no greater love than when a man gives his life for someone."

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