Shark attack claims life of German scuba diver

A 68-year-old man has died after reportedly being bitten by a shark near Shelly Beach, Port Shepstone, on Wednesday.

The German citizen was scuba diving when the incident occurred.

Fellow divers confirmed they were surfacing when the man disappeared.

A private fishing vessel found the deceased’s body, after an extensive search by the police and NSRI.

“The SA Police Services, Medevac ambulance services and Hibiscus Fire and Rescue Services also responded to stand-by at the NSRI Shelly Beach sea rescue base,” read  a statement from the NSRI.

“A Natal Sharks Board fixed wing aircraft was placed on alert and the NSRI (ASR) Air Sea Rescue and an SA Air Force 15 Squadron Augusta helicopter were activated.