Brave surfer loses fight against shark

January 17, 2012 | Surfing
Bull shark: attacks in shallow water

A 25-year-old surfer from Port St Johns died after being attacked by a shark, at Second Beach, in South Africa.

The young man was seen fighting with the attacking shark for five minutes until the severe loss of blood defeated him. The South African surfer suffered injuries to his chest and arms.

"He was just an ordinary guy enjoying the ocean and the weather. The shark was spotted by somebody else who alerted other swimmers, but unfortunately it was too late for the deceased", said Sizwe Kupelo, provincial health spokesman.

While the brave surfer was fighting the shark, he was shouting for everyone to get out of the water. Doctors tried to save the young surfer's life but the wounds were critical. He died on the way to the local hospital.

The anonymous surfer used his surfboard to wrestle off the shark. The Natal Sharks Board will be trying to detect the shark's origin. Experts believe this time of the year is very much known for the presence of shark Zambezi sharks - also known as bull or whaler sharks.

These are aggressive sharks and may attack humans in shallow waters. Second Beach one of the deadliest spots in the world for shark attacks.

In the last six years, six beachgoers have lost his life in this South African beach.