16-Year Old South African Surfer Killed By Shark

Another gruesome shark attack spurs the debate about what to do regarding the relationship between the ocean’s greatest hunters and humans who enter their waters. Are there more shark attacks now or just more media outlets reporting on them? Our thoughts and prayers go out to the young man and his family…

Zambezi Shark

A Zambezi, or Bull Shark, was most likely what killed the teenage South African surfer…

As reported on www.weekendpost.co.za

In the second attack of its kind within two months, a 16-year-old boy died after he was savaged by a shark while surfing at Port St Johns at the weekend. The attack has prompted calls to speed up investigations into alternative methods of safeguarding surfers and swimmers at the Transkei resort.

Locals have also attributed the latest attacks to the recent increase in surfers in the area. Luyolo Mangele was in the water at Second Beach with four friends and their instructor during a surfing exercise on Friday afternoon.

Mangele separated from the group and was further out to sea when the shark struck. After being bitten on his buttocks and left thigh, he managed to paddle to the shore and was pulled out of the water by his instructor and a lifesaver.

They tried to stabilise the bleeding and rushed him to hospital, were he later died.

The attack follows a similar one on January 24, when Sikhanyiso Bangilizwe, 25, was savaged to death by a giant Zambezi shark while swimming with his colleagues at the same beach.