Liya Sibili, 20, was killed by a shark while swimming at Second Beach, Port St Johns, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The incident took place on Christmas Day 25 December 2012.
The beach was crowded with holidaymakers for the Christmas vacation. A witness on the beach said he saw the shark swim among the bathers.
“People were trying to get out the water after the lifeguards spotted
something in the water. I saw the tail of something really big grab the boy, the water started boiling and later it went red,” he was quoted as saying.
According to press reports people refused to listen to lifeguards who asked them not to enter the water after the attack. They went back in regardless – while lifeguards continued to search for the body. It was not recovered.
A 25-year-old surfer (name not released) was killed by an unidentified shark while surfing with friends at Second Beach, Port St Johns, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The incident happened about 3pm on Sunday 15 January 2012.
According to a report in the Daily Dispatch the surfer sustained severe injuries to his chest and arms after fighting off the shark with his surfboard.
According to the report, he fought the shark for at least 5 minutes before being pulled from the water by a surfer and other swimmers. Lifeguards and a doctor at the beach at the time treated his wounds before emergency paramedics arrived. He died on route to hospital.
An eye witness was quoted as saying:
“I saw the fin of the shark and as I told people to get out of the water I heard him scream and within seconds the water had turned red.”
“He had a surfboard with him and he used it to wrestle off the shark.
“Lifeguards started blowing their whistles, but by that time there was blood everywhere.
“I have never seen so much blood in my life. I am not sure if I will ever be able to swim there again.”
According to the newspaper, the surfer called on others in the water to get out while he tried to fight off the shark with his board.
National Sea Rescue Institute spokesman said the sea at the time had poor visibility and the water was very warm.
There has been a spate of shark attacks at this beach in the past few years – several of them fatal.
Zama Ndamase, 16, died from blood loss after being bitten on his left thigh by a shark while surfing at Second Beach, Port St Johns, Transkei, South Africa. The incident happened on Saturday 15 January 2011.
According to media reports a witness on the beach said he heard screaming and shouting and saw Zama splashing the water before he was pulled off his board.
“I saw the blood in the water and realised he had been attacked.”
“He somehow got back on the board and even managed to catch a wave almost to the beach, but was swept back out to sea by a rip current.
The other surfers in the water paddled frantically for the beach while other watched helplessly from the shore
Ndamase’s body was pulled from the water by lifeguards on a jetski.
According to reports he was a provincial surfer with a bright surfing future ahead of him.
His brother was quoted as saying: “My brother died doing something he loved best, and that was surfing.”