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East Cape surfer killed by shark

2012-01-15 17:13

Johannesburg - A 25-year-old man was killed by a shark at Port St Johns Second beach on Sunday, the Eastern Cape health department said.

"This afternoon a swimmer from Port St Johns was attacked by a shark and struggled with it for about five minutes using his surf board," said spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo.

"A surfer who was next to him during the ordeal described the swimmer as being brave by fighting it. Unfortunately it injured him severely in both arms and in the chest," he said.

A second eyewitness raised the alarm for other swimmers to leave the water.

"A doctor who was amongst the swimmers tried to save his life along with paramedics who arrived at the beach. The man died on the way to a local health centre."

"Second beach is notorious for shark attacks and I am told that there is no [shark] net there," said Kupelo.

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Comments
  • michael.ferraris - 2012-01-15 17:19

    Spell check?

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-15 17:42

      The spokesmans name is Sizwe, so I don't think his home language is English. The reporter is pretty shoddy though, the headline says surfer but the report says a swimmer. This is becoming typical, and ja, spelling pathetic. Surprised people still swim there, sharks seem to be full up.

      Barry - 2012-01-15 18:17

      Poor article agreed. Still if you want to go into shark territory, take the consequences and don't complain..if you survive.

      Danie - 2012-01-15 19:00

      You sick bastard someone loses his life and you are concerned about the spelling!!!!!!

      Stirer - 2012-01-15 19:09

      Chum, What's wrong with a swimmer surfing? As a kid, I used to body surf. Surfing is not the entire domain of people on boards. Nothing wrong with the report, in my view.

      Barry - 2012-01-15 19:16

      @Danie. How is Michael a sick bastard ? He only points out the obvious ? @Stirer..who is Chum ? Are is that just your attempt at sick joke ?

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-15 19:43

      Put it this way Danie, if my boet had for example being killed by a shark, I'd expect whoever reports on it to take some care in getting the facts, spelling etc correct. To me its a bit of lack of respect by the reporter, being slapg#t telling the story of what happened to someone close to me. Stirer - its just fuzzy, is it that difficult to be clear about something, especially when it is the okes profession. Its just lazy, and annoys a lot of people due to that.

      flyswat - 2012-01-15 22:52

      This is the way it's going with the newspapers as well. I guess the standard of education these days? No education is better than SA education!

      nasheenar - 2012-01-16 07:57

      Im going with grammar. "There is no nets there"

  • Jeanne - 2012-01-15 17:24

    Thankfully his assets weren't attached in the process. No offence to the deceased or his family. News24? Spell check?

      Martin - 2012-01-15 19:56

      Ok, I hope all the people calling for spell check actually know how to use spell checker! Aweful event, completely avoidable!

      Gungets - 2012-01-15 20:48

      Martin - that would be awful. Try that spell check yourself.

  • sh.fish1 - 2012-01-15 17:28

    the seas are angry

      Andre Malan - 2012-01-15 21:24

      "The sea was angry that day my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli." George Costanza

  • Gerda - 2012-01-15 17:28

    Why take chances when the area is known for shark attacks. Maybe an 'it won't happen to me' attitude? My condolences to the bereaved family.

      flyswat - 2012-01-15 22:54

      For the same reason people bungee jump - it wont happen to me. Adrenalin junkie much?

  • Craig - 2012-01-15 17:31

    Bad day for everyone, from what I can remember the sharks have made it clear a few times that; that beach belongs to them, might be a good idea to respect thier wishes ? This is thier world too !

      flyswat - 2012-01-15 22:54

      And someone's been eating all their food!

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-01-15 17:31

    People please... his bereaved family and friends will be reading this article and your disgusting habit of pouncing on errors to show how clever you are is truly pathetic and highly disrespectful to what they are going through right now. Shame on you....

      DieSpytwurm - 2012-01-15 17:37

      They shouldn't get too attached to the article then...

  • Louise - 2012-01-15 17:40

    Shame :-)

  • rosiegracebrooks - 2012-01-15 17:42

    Damn! Sharks are attaching now?

  • Eduard - 2012-01-15 17:51

    this is at least the fifth fatal shark attack in port st johns in about two years (which I guess is the most ever at one single beach)

  • Marianne Whitaker - 2012-01-15 17:59

    Your info on this is incorrect. Firstly it wasn't a surfer and he didn't fight the shark off with a board. He fought it off with his hands and that's why his arms were mangled. The lifeguards used a surf board to bring him in.

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-15 19:48

      Thanks Marianne, no wonder people get annoyed with the media. Is it really that difficult to get the facts. Its like the reporter doesn't give a hoot about the poor oke, just wants a story asap, with as little effort as possible. I think swimming is not a good idea at Port St Johns anymore.

  • Ian - 2012-01-15 18:07

    wasent there a warning yesterday right here on news 24

  • Dino - 2012-01-15 19:22

    The deceased was a brave man indeed, fighting a shark!!! I would have just let go. I R very afraid of beinf attached by a shark.

  • j.c.s.mailbox - 2012-01-15 19:47

    Seems to me there are more sharks in this comment-collumn then at Port St. Johns !!

  • dooskop - 2012-01-15 20:02

    Gosh uall have no respect for the family!!!!!! cool it/ may he r.i.p.

  • Sonwabile Tshangana - 2012-01-15 20:55

    while on the way back to the water, i saw everyone who was already swimming running out of the beach. At first i thought it was just people being silly, which is why i stood still. Fastening my eyes over the waves i saw blood...then a man with his surf board afloat. Furthermore, his right arm had been bitten and hanging by the skin as his bone had been flactured. He couldn't screen but one could see the cry for help in his eyes. By this time everyone was off the beach. A lifeguard by the name of Nqobile Jojo hesitantly took the victim by the uninjured arm away from bloody area. Then, the ambulance arrived quickly and the paramedics performed CPR...

  • Sonwabile Tshangana - 2012-01-15 20:55

    while on the way back to the water, i saw everyone who was already swimming running out of the beach. At first i thought it was just people being silly, which is why i stood still. Fastening my eyes over the waves i saw blood...then a man with his surf board afloat. Furthermore, his right arm had been bitten and hanging by the skin as his bone had been flactured. He couldn't screen but one could see the cry for help in his eyes. By this time everyone was off the beach. A lifeguard by the name of Nqobile Jojo hesitantly took the victim by the uninjured arm away from bloody area. Then, the ambulance arrived quickly and the paramedics performed CPR...

  • John - 2012-01-15 22:22

    Oh my word.... reading the comments on this article make me wonder about the human race

  • hadedah - 2012-01-17 10:40

    Its fairly deep water and very warm, excellent locality for sharks. if you cannot walk on water stay out of it.

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-03-26 11:54

    anyone stupid enough to swim/surf there has no sympathy from me sorry, there is an attack there every few weeks/months

  • Philip - 2012-03-26 12:40

    He went into the sharks territory and came off 2nd best. If you walk through the Kruger park and get killed by a lion, who's fault is it? Of course you don't wish this on anyone but if it happens it happens, you knew the risk and still went ahead with it.

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