On 16th January 2012, Ngidi Msungubana, 25 was bitten to death by a shark while surfing at Second Beach in Port St Johns, Eastern Cape province, South Africa (Eastern Cape). The beach faces the Indian Ocean.
It has been called “the world’s deadliest” due to this being the sixth death since 2007 due to sharks there.
People who saw what happened said he was in shallow water (1.5m deep) when a bull shark struck. He then wrestled with the animal for about 5 minutes while the sea around him turned red as he was bitten again and again on both his arms and stomach. Msungubana was finally dragged out of the water by a lifeguard. Unfortunately, he died on the way to a hospital.
Bull sharks hunt by themselves and are dangerously aggressive.
Previous fatal attacks:
- 2007: a lifeguard
- 2009: 3 attacks
- 2011 (15th Jan): a surfer
World shark attack stats show that only 1 in 6 attacks is fatal, but here it’s 6 out of 6.
A possible cause is that many sharks like to come there to eat animals slaughtered during traditional sacrifices.