Updated 24 March 2014

Tourist dies in shark attack in Eastern Cape

According to the National Sea Rescue Institute, an Austrian tourist was killed by a shark while swimming in Port St Johns.


A 72-year-old man was killed by a shark while swimming in Port St Johns on Saturday 22 March 2014, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

The Austrian tourist was swimming at Second Beach when he was attacked by the shark, said NSRI spokesman Craig Lambinon.

The man was part of the tour group that included his wife.

"NSRI Port St Johns volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a shark incident."

The man was dead when the rescuers arrived.

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

Police have opened an inquest docket and the International Relations Department has been informed, according to Lambinon.

Read more:

Tips on avoiding shark attacks
How to avoid shark attacks
Sharks prefer to sneak up from behind

Image: shark from Shutterstock


Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Contraceptives and you »

Scientists create new contraceptive from seaweed Poor long-term birth control training leads to 'accidents'

7 birth control myths you should stop believing

Will the Pill make you gain weight? Can you fall pregnant while breastfeeding? We bust seven common myths about birth control.

Your digestive health »

Causes of digestive disorders 9 habits that could hurt your digestive system

Your tummy rumblings might help diagnose bowel disorder

With the assistance of an 'acoustic belt', doctors can now determine the cause of your tummy troubles.