SA beach named world's deadliest

2014-03-24 10:49

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Cape Town – South Africa, home to the world’s number one destination for 2014 (Cape Town), Africa’s first World Design Capital (Cape Town once more), and now also home to the world’s deadliest beach.

Port St Johns' Second Beach in the Eastern Cape has been named the world’s deadliest beach due to the number of shark attacks that take place there every year.

The beach won’t be losing its reputation anytime soon as yet another shark attack took place on Saturday, 22 March, where a 72-year-old tourist lost his life.

According to The Times, Second Beach in Port St Johns has the highest number of shark related deaths in the world.

It gets worse

The Telegraph
 reports that the death of the 72 year old tourist makes him the eighth person to be killed at the beach in five years. While this number makes for an average of 1.6 killings per year, this number remains the highest in the world.

Moreover, the average fatality rate for shark attacks in South Africa is one in five, but all but one of the attacks in St John’s have been fatal, reports The Telegraph.

Meanwhile...

While Port John’s has been named the world’s deadliest beach, Camps Bay beach in Cape Town has been named one of the world’s best beaches by Tripadvisor. Despite being up against some tough competition, Camps Bay beach managed to be ranked 24th in the world.  Three other Cape Town beaches were voted among Africa’s best. They include Clifton, Boulder’s and Bloubergstrand.

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