Man dies after shark attack at Port St Johns

A man savagely bitten by a shark at Port St Johns this afternoon died from his wounds.

He was rushed to a local clinic in a critical condition after sustaining multiple and traumatic lacerations to his chest and arms while swimming in waist deep water among a crowd of other swimmers.

John Costello, NSRI Port St Johns station commander, said at 3 pm Port St Johns volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports that a swimmer, a male, had been bitten by a shark at Second Beach.

On arrival on-scene lifeguards and EC Government Health EMS paramedics were fighting to save the life of a 25 year old man, from the region of Tombo, Transkei.

A surfer and other bathers rescued the man from the surf. Lifeguards on duty at the beach and a doctor at the scene began treatment before EMS paramedics arrived. The latter continued with treatment while transporting the man to the clinic.

“At the clinic medical staff declared the man dead after all efforts to save him had been exhausted. Sea conditions at the time were poor visibility and very warm water.

“The Natal Sharks Board is currently carrying out studies in an effort to try to determine why there has been such a frequent spate of shark incidents in Port St Johns,” Costello said.

This is the sixth death to have occurred as a result of a shark attack at the same beach since 2009 (three occurred in that year).  Last year  a surfer, Zama Ndamase,was fatally attacked by a shark at Second Beach.

It’s unknown what species of shark caused this month’s fatality.  Zambezi sharks were were mostly implicated in the other attacks.

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