A surfer was killed by a shark in the sea at Second Beach, Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, Surfing South Africa said.

Zama Ndamase, 16, a provincial surfer for Border was surfing with his brother and other members of the local surf club when the “horrific” attack occurred, spokesman Robin de Kock said in a statement.

“According to reports Zama managed to catch a wave after being bitten and attempted to reach the shore.

“Tragically he bled to death in the water before he could be reached by the lifeguards and rescue craft, he said.

Ndamase was the fifth shark victim at the notorious beach in the last three years. Four of the attacks have been fatal, de Kock said.

Border Surfriders Association spokesman Malcolme Logie was quoted saying: “He was a young guy, full of spirit and always ready for a laugh. He was always willing to help his team-mates and enjoyed giving the younger surfers encouragement and advice.

“Border was looking to him to play a leading role in our team this year. His passing leaves us numb and with a huge sense of loss,” he said. - Sapa