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Shark Attack Kills South Africa Snorkeller
A snorkeller has been killed by a shark at a world-famous surfing resort in South Africa.
The man's body was recovered from Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape region after he was dragged into deep water by the shark.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said a volunteer rescue crew was dispatched at 11:30am local time after reports of the attack.
"On arrival on-scene remains of a body, believed to be those of an adult male, have been recovered from the water and handed into the care of the police and the forensic pathology services," it said.
According to eyewitnesses, the man had been snorkelling close to rocks at the time of the attack.
"Just saw NSRI carry the body of a shark attack victim in bag. Hectic man. No surfing today," one local tweeted.
A man in a kayak reportedly saw the victim lying face-down in the water and tried to fend off the shark with his paddle in order to recover the body.
According to some reports, witnesses initially believed there were two sharks involved in the attack because of the length of the animal from its dorsal fin to tail fin.
However, local media later said a single shark more than four metres long killed the snorkeller.
It was not immediately clear what breed of shark was involved.
Last year there were four shark attacks in South Africa, three of them fatal, according to the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History.