Published on Tuesday, January 17, 2012
South African authorities have closed a beach indefinitely after a shark attack killed a surfer near a popular tourist area.
Ngidi Msungubana, 25, died after repeated bites as he surfed off Second Beach in Port St Johns on the Wild Coast.
Officials described how the victim fought with the shark yesterday for around five minutes before being dragged bleeding out of the water, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The beach is being studied by experts after a spate of shark incidents. This is the sixth fatal attack on this beach since 2007.
The Wild Coast spans 300 km of coastline between Port Edward and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and is known for its natural untouched beauty.
It is a popular tourist destination with various nature reserves and guest house accommodation.
The upmarket resort of Umngazi River Bungalows and Cremorne Riverside Holiday Resort are nearby although they are both set on the river rather than the sea.
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The recent insolvency of Low Cost Travel Group, one of the large players in the travel industry had a big impact on the travelers, hotels and all related players from both wholesale & retail arms. There were about 27,000 people on a holiday who had booked through the company comprised of a €200 million wholesale arm and €500 million OTA / retail arm.