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South African swimmer killed in shark attack.

Summary: A 25-year-old man has died after being attacked by a shark whilst swimming at Port Saint Johns on South Africa's east coast.

A man has died after being attacked by a shark at Port Saint Johns on South Africa's east coast.

The 25-year-old man, who has not been officially identified, was swimming in shallow water when he was attacked by what is thought to be a bull shark.

The sharks are notoriously vicious, hunting alone and close to shore.

Rescuers immediately came to the aid of the stricken man, using their own surfboards to ward off further attacks and stretcher him to shore.

Despite their efforts, the man died at a local hospital shortly afterwards from injuries to his arms and torso.

Port Saint John's has seen six shark attacks within five years.

An investigation has been launched by the South African lifeguard and oceanic authorities into the recent spate of shark attacks at the beach.

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Publication:Independent Television News Limited (ITN)
Date:Jan 17, 2012
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