An off-duty lifeguard, Sikhanyiso Bangilizwe, 26, was killed by what the Natal Sharks Board says was a Bull shark while body-surfing at Second Beach in Port St Johns on Saturday.
Wavescape have formed a donation fund to raise money for his family and we at the Save Our Seas Shark Centre have donated R2500 to this fund. We extend our condolences to Sikhanyiso’s family.
To find out more and to make a donation for Sikhanyiso’s family go to http://www.wavescape.co.za/sharks/port-st-johns-shark-death.html
While this is a terrible tragedy it is important to remember that deaths by sharks are less than 5 per annum.
Shark Safety Tips:
Following these guidelines can further reduce the small risk of being bitten:
If a shark has recently been sighted in an area where no shark spotters are present, use another beach.
First time visitors to beaches should ask local law enforcement official, life guards or locals about the area.
Obey beach officials if told to leave the water.
For those kayaking, surfing or surf-skiing far out to the sea, consider paddling in groups and staying close together.
Consider using a personal shark shield when surf-skiing, surfing or kayaking.
Pay attention to shark signage and flags on beaches.
Executive Manager, SOSSC