A drunk Brazilian man has been killed by shark after he stepped into the ocean to urinate. The incident occurred round 2 p.m. Saturday on a seashore in Jaboatao dos Guararapes, a metropolis on the japanese fringe of the nation, in, in accordance to native reviews.
Marcelo Rocha Santos, 51, had been ingesting with a buddy when he felt the want to relieve himself, so he headed unto the water to pee.
Eyewitness, Ademir Sebastiao da Silva, mentioned he went with Santos at the identical time to relieve himself.
“As the beach has no bathroom, I went into the sea to pee,” he mentioned. “I was beside him with the water up to our waists.”
That’s when the shark attacked, pulling Santos beneath in a bloody wrestle that ended with the sufferer dropping consciousness.
“There was a lot of blood in the water,” mentioned Edriano Gomes, who was additionally at the seashore with da Silva throughout the assault.
Santos’ pals finally jumped in and pulled him again to shore. He was rushed to hospital, the place he was pronounced lifeless.
Graphic pictures posted on-line present that Santos misplaced a part of his arm and a bit of his leg in the assault.
The ocean was cloudy and turbulent at the time of the assault, which might have made it exhausting for the sufferer to see the approaching shark.
Da Silva mentioned he’s nonetheless rattled after witnessing the assault up shut.
“It could have been me,” he informed Brazil’s Globo News. “If I had been diving or lingered in the water, I could have been attacked.”
A lifeguard was reportedly on responsibility at the time however was not in a position to intervene.
“The species involved is a tiger shark,” Jonas Rodrigues, a researcher at the Federal University of Pernambuco, informed Globo News.
Rodrigues says the chunk marks point out that the tiger shark was roughly 2.6 metres lengthy.
Local officers mentioned the seashore has a historical past of shark assaults, and that indicators are posted to warn swimmers about the hazard.
“I’ve been working on this beach for 25 years and during this time I have witnessed a number of ferocious attacks,” one native snack vendor informed Beach Grit of the unlucky phenomenon. “It was horrible to see. Each time it is very frightening and sad.”
There have been greater than 60 shark assaults in the space in latest many years, together with 25 different fatalities since 1992. A dozen earlier assaults have been reported at the seashore the place Santos was killed, in accordance to state information.