A teenage swimmer has died after a shark ripped off his penis as he swam in the sea in Brazil.
Jose Ernestor da Silva, 18 was attacked yesterday afternoon while bathing in waters off the Piedade beach near Recife, on Brazil’s north-east coast.
The shark struck just as lifeguards stationed on the beach had told Jose to come closer to the shore.
Rodrigo Matias, from Recife’s fire department, said the victim was swimming with his brother and friends in deep waters near the shore, in an area marked by signs warning of shark attacks. Seeing that the group was drifting further out, lifeguards called for them to return to shallower waters.
He said: “At the exact moment in which the lifeguards asked for them to come closer to the beach, he was bitten.”
He died at the Restauracao Hospital in the city of Recife in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, having suffered two heart attacks on the way.
The youngster had his left leg amputated and had veins re-attached to his sexual organs in a three-hour operation as doctors tried to stem his blood loss but the victim died hours later.
It was learnt that the teenage went to the beach without his parents knowing.