Austrian tourist dies after shark attack at Port St Johns

A 72 year-old Austrian tourist was fatally wounded by a shark today at Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape of South Africa this afternoon, according to the NSRI. 

It appears the incident occurred while the man was swimming at Second Beach.  The man had been part of a tour group touring the area with his wife. 

The NSRI said in a statement this evening that at  about 3 pm today,  22 March 2014, Port St Johns volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a shark incident at 2nd Beach, Port St Johns. 

“NSRI Port St Johns volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched sea rescue craft and responded and on arrival  found the body of the foreigner, fatally wounded by a shark.  His body was handed over to the SAP at Second Beach and then into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.”

 Police  opened an inquest docket and the Austrian Consulate and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation have been informed.

 The species of shark involved in this incident is not known at this stage. 


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