Tiger shark kills lifeguard off Port St Johns

A 27-year-old lifeguard died after he was attacked by a shark at a beach in Port St Johns on Sunday, the Daily Dispatch Online reported on Monday.

The report said Sikhanyiso Bangilizwe (27) died minutes after being attacked by a tiger shark at Second Beach in Port St Johns.

Bangilizwe and a friend went for a swim at about 2pm.

A fellow lifeguard, Gerald Mtakati (32), witnessed the attack.

”I just saw blood in the water and quickly grabbed a rubber duck. When I got to him, the shark had already bitten off his hand and his lower back, it was coming in for the third bite,” Mtakati told the Daily Dispatch.

”By the time I got to him, he was not moving and the shark was on the other side heading towards him. He was in the centre, between me and the shark.”

The noise of the rubber duck scared off the shark but Bangilizwe had already died. – Sapa

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