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Shark rips off swimmer's PENIS as horrified beachgoers try to tie garments around wound after terrifying attack; WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT: The teen's penis and femur were "amputated" by the bite of what is believed to be a tiger shark.

Byline: Matt Roper

A teenager had his penis ripped off by asharkas he swam with friends near a beach.

Horrified holidaymakers rushed to the young man's aid and pulled him from the sea as the terrifying attack unfolded.

The shark struck as lifeguards told Jose Ernestor da Silva to come closer to the shore, according to reports.

Footage shows rescuers carrying the 18-year-old onto Piedade beach near Recife, Brazil.

They try to stem the blood by tying garments around the wound, while others can be heard tell the clearly stunned teenager to "breathe".

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An ambulance rushed Jose to hospital, where he reportedly suffered two heart attacks and is in a critical condition.

Despite undergoing emergency surgery, his penis and femur were "amputated" by the bite of what is believed to be a tiger shark, according to medics.

Rodrigo Matias, from Recife's fire department, said the victim was swimming with his brother and friends in deep waters near the shore, in an area marked by signs warning of shark attacks.

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Seeing that the group was drifting further out, lifeguards called for them to return to shallower waters.

He said: "At the exact moment in which the lifeguards asked for them to come closer to the beach, he was bitten."

Ambulance medic Wagner Monteiro said Jose had a heart attack after arriving at the local Aeronautica Hospital, and another as he was being transported to the Restauracao Hospital in the centre of Recife.

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He said: "The shark bite amputated his femur and his penis. He lost a lot of blood and is in a critical condition."

A spokesman for the Restauracao Hospital said Jose was rushed into surgery after arriving at the hospital at 5.53pm. Doctors will give a report on his condition later Monday.

Jose's mother Elisangela dos Anjos, 42, told Brazil's JC Online that he had gone to the beach without her knowing, and she only knew about after his his brother Ezequiel, who was with him, called her from the beach following the attack.

Speaking from the hospital, she said: "He would go in secret, because he knew that I thought it was dangerous. I wasn't worried because I thought he was somewhere around the house.

"When I heard about it I went crazy, all the neighbours heard me screaming."

It is the second time in less than two months that a shark attack has left a swimmer in a critical condition at the same beach in the Jabotao de Guararapes district of greater Recife.

On April 15, 35-year-old Pablo de Melo had to have a leg and a hand amputated after being attacked by a shark at almost the exact same spot.

The holidaymaker was admitted to hospital in a critical condition after being bitten in the arm and leg in waist deep water.

The latest incident is the 65th shark attack registered along the coast of Brazil's north-east Pernambuco state since 1992.

Eighty per cent of the incidents have occurred along the 18-mile stretch of beach in the region of Recife, a popular holiday resort for foreign tourists.

More than 110 warning signs have been installed along the coastline where the attacks have occurred.

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Rescuers try to stem the flow of blood after pulling the teen out of the sea

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The teen was attacked while swimming with his brother and friends

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Jose Ernestor da Silva is in a critical condition in hospital

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It is believed the teen was attacked by a tiger shark

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The savage attack happened just off a beach near Recife, Brazil

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The teen is fighting for his life after being bitten by the shark

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Jose was rushed into surgery after arriving at hospital
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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jun 4, 2018
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