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South African teen surfer killed in shark attack

January 17, 2011 | 11:07 am

Fin A 16-year-old surfer died after being attacked by a shark Saturday at Second Beach, Port St. Johns, on the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Zama Ndamase, a surfer for Border Surfriders Assn., was surfing with his brother and other members of the local surf club when the attack occurred, according to a report in the South Africa Daily News. It is not known what species of shark was involved.

According to reports, Ndamase managed to catch a wave after being bitten and attempted to reach the shore but bled to death in the water before he could be reached by lifeguards and rescue craft.

"He was a young guy, full of spirit and always ready for a laugh. He was always willing to help his teammates and enjoyed giving the younger surfers encouragement and advice," said Border Surfriders Assn. spokesman Malcolme Logie. "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."

Ndamase was the fifth shark-attack victim at the beach in the last three years, four of which have been fatal.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: the dorsal fin of a white shark. Credit: Caterina Gennerao