A Brazilian man has died from a vicious shark attack after he waded into the water to urinate.
Before the incident, 51-year-old Marcelo Rocha Santos was reportedly drinking with friends before the shark fatally bit him after heading into the ocean. A bystander filmed the victim’s body as he lay still on the sand soon after the tragedy. The attack left him with a missing hand, and a chunk bit out of his leg.
After he was found, first responders rushed him to a nearby hospital in the nearby city of Recife. Once they arrived, doctors noted he was without any vital signs and was pronounced dead.
The gruesome attack occurred on Saturday at Piedade Beach in the city of Jaboatao dos Guararapes in Brazil. The beach is unprotected by reefs, making it a shark-attack hotspot. Although a lifeguard was present, he was unfortunately unable to revive the man.
Edriano Gomes told local reporters that Santos had entered the water in the afternoon. At the time, the weather was cloudy, and the water was becoming choppy. “It was a friend of mine who was in the sea with the person who was attacked,” Gomes said.
Lack of Reefs Makes Brazilian Beach Shark Attack Hotspot
“There was a lot of blood in the water,” he later told reporters. At the time of the shark attack, one other person and the victim were in the water. The unharmed individual in the water was Ademir Sebastiao da Silva. He later told reporters that the pair had entered the water to pee, as the beach was without any public restrooms.
“I was beside him with the water up to our waists,” Sebastiao da Silva said. Marcelo’s friends brought the victim to shore, where he fell to the ground unconscious.
Currently, local authorities do not know what breed of shark bit the man. However, experts agree that it was likely a bull shark or a tiger shark. In South America, shark attacks are more common this time of year as more rain makes the water murky.
The beach also has various signs warning people not to enter the water due to the dangers of sharks. Additionally, some thought that the lifeguard on duty did not tell the two men to get out of the sea since they were only up to their waists.
Since 1992, in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, where Jaboatao dos Guararapes is located, there have been 62 shark attacks, with 25 of those being fatalities.
In comparison, on average, there are 16 shark attacks per year in the United States, with one fatality every two years. According to the ISAF, most of the shark attacks have occurred in Florida, Hawaii, California, Texas, and the Carolinas. However, attacks occur in almost every coastal state.