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South Africans took to social networking site Facebook to vent their anger on Thursday after a man was killed in a shark attack.

Johannesburg - A 25-year-old man was killed by a shark at Second Beach in Port St Johns on Sunday, the Eastern Cape health department said.

“This afternoon a swimmer from Port St Johns was attacked by a shark and struggled with it for about five minutes using his surf board,” said spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo.

“A surfer who was next to him during the ordeal described the swimmer as being brave by fighting it. Unfortunately it injured him severely in both arms and in the chest,” he said.

A second witness raised the alarm for other swimmers to leave the water.

“A doctor who was amongst the swimmers tried to save his life along with paramedics who arrived at the beach. The man died on the way to a local health centre.”

“Second Beach is notorious for shark attacks and I am told that there is no (shark) net there,” said Kupelo. - Sapa


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Anonymous, wrote

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09:09pm on 16 January 2012
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@Kevin: That's why one needs only 30% to pass matric. If you have any further questions ask Mz. Pandor.

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Art, wrote

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12:26pm on 16 January 2012
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Was he a swimmer or a surfer? Did he borrow the surfboard from the witness to fight off the shark?

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Kevin, wrote

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11:06am on 16 January 2012
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Just an innocent question about the commas and quotes used in this article, why are the commas before the end quote like in the last sentence ("... is no (shark) net there,” said Kupelo.)? Is that the way it's supposed to be, wasn't how we learned it in school...

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LordXerxses, wrote

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09:32am on 16 January 2012
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here is your clue add the latin abbreviation (sic) inside your quotes to show they are verbatim and you know that it is not correct comprehension.

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LordXerxses, wrote

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09:29am on 16 January 2012
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One down one to go. it was a SURFER not a diver, swimmer, bodyboarder, skier. you get the point a SURFER.

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Active, wrote

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09:11am on 16 January 2012
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Like fighting a vicious dog that keeps coming in. RIP

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Haydn Russell, wrote

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08:55am on 16 January 2012
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Maybe they should think about banning bathing and surfing at Port St Johns until the authorities and scientists figure out what's going on there!! This is about the 6th attack in a few years.

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Anonymous, wrote

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08:18am on 16 January 2012
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terable wey to gow, I rayt eet ub thare weeth bing eeten by ay tygar.....(not proof read)

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Nono, wrote

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08:15am on 16 January 2012
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was attached by a shark! ATTACHED!!!

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Colin, wrote

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07:50am on 16 January 2012
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OMG! Come on guys! Attached??? This shoddy article makes a mockery of this tragedy

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sharon, wrote

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07:16am on 16 January 2012
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Doesnt anyone proof read articles before publishing?

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viki, wrote

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07:08am on 16 January 2012
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Probably attached to a remora fish

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justinw, wrote

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07:00am on 16 January 2012
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Shame, cant be a nice way to go. Rest in peace. Anon 05.52 lol. Had to reread the article

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jean, wrote

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06:55am on 16 January 2012
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The swimmer fought the shark using his surfboard??...what makes him a swimmer as opposed to the surfer next to him??...who writes these?...anyway sad story and condolences to the family.

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shaz, wrote

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06:54am on 16 January 2012
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To hees teeth.

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Anonymous, wrote

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05:52am on 16 January 2012
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What did the shark 'attach' the surfer to?

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