FATAL – 20 March 2009 – Second Beach, Port St Johns, Transkei, South Africa – surfer attacked

Luyolo Mangele, 16, was attacked and killed by a shark while surfing at Second Beach, Port St Johns, Transkei, South Africa on Friday, 20 March 2009. Shark experts believe it was a tiger shark, after taking measurements of the bite marks.

Eyewitness Tim Whitaker told the Daily Dispatch newspaper: “I caught a wave out and was coming back to shore when I heard the guys on the beach shouting. I went to assist him (the teen who was attacked) but he fell off his surf board as he tried to walk. I hadn’t seen the shark and I really did not know what was going on.”

He said he only realised he had been bitten in the leg once they got him to the beach.

Another report says when he got to shore his surfing instructor and a life guard tried to stop the bleeding and called paramedics for help.

The teen died about 30 minutes after the attack, apparently from loss of blood.

Sources:

Daily Dispatch

CDNN

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