Shark attack: Water very warm, murky
Cape Town - The NSRI says the man who died after being attacked by a shark at Port St Johns' Second Beach was not surfing, but swimming in the very warm water. Visibility was also poor.
John Costello, the NSRI's Port St Johns station commander, said when volunteer sea rescue duty crew reached Second Beach, on-scene lifeguards, Eastern Cape health officials and paramedics were trying to save a 25-year-old man's life.
Costello said the man, from Tombo, had been bitten numerous times while he was swimming in waist-deep water among a crowd of bathers.
"He had sustained multiple traumatic lacerations to his torso, arms and legs.
"A surfer, and other bathers, managed to rescue the man from the sea and lifeguards on duty at the beach and a doctor who happened to be there, began treatment before paramedics arrived," Costello said.
"They continued with treatment while transporting the man to a local clinic in a critical condition.
"At the clinic, medical staff declared the man dead after all efforts to save him had been exhausted," Costello added.
"The Natal Sharks Board is currently carrying out studies in an effort to find out why there has been such a spate of shark attacks near Port St Johns."