FATAL — 14 January 2007 — Second Beach, Port St Johns, Transkei, South Africa — swimmer attacked
Sibulele Masiza, 24, was presumed killed by a tiger shark after he went missing while swimming off Second Beach at Port St Johns, Transkei, South Africa on Sunday 14 January.
A spokesperson for the Natal Sharks Board, Geremy Cliff, told the Daily Dispatch newspaper: “Judging by the circumstances of his disappearance and the flipper that was torn, it can only have been a tiger shark attack.”
According to the report Masiza’s torn flipper was washed up onto the beach soon after he disappeared. His body was never recovered.
Cliff told the newspaper the fine serration on Masiza’s flipper could only have been caused by the cockscomb-shaped teeth of a tiger shark, which differed from other sharks such as great whites or Zambezis.
According to the report Masiza, who was a life-saver, was attacked by a shark in 2004 and had gashes on his legs from the incident.