Shark attack kills teenage surfer in South Africa

March 25, 2009 | Surfing

Shark attack in South Africa

A 16-year-old boy was killed last weekend in a shark attack while surfing at Port St Johns, South Africa.

It is the second attack within two months. The tragedy boosted investigations in order to find alternative ways of safeguarding surfers and swimmers at the Transkei resort.

Luyolo Mangele was surfing at Second Beach with four friends and their instructor. He separated from the rest of the group and paddled further out to sea.

After the attack, the teenager managed to get to the shore. The lifesaver and the instructor tried to stabilize him. He was then transported to the nearest hospital.

This shark attack happened about 300 metres from a place called Shark Point. About 300 metres from the shore there is an area known as Shark Point.

The authorities are studying a proposal for using electrodes to repel sharks, although environmentalists will probably consider this method will affect other species.

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