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Drunk man urinating in ocean killed in shark attack, some limbs missing | Muhabarishaji News

A rather grim story coming from Brazil: A 51-year-old man who had stepped into the ocean to relieve himself, was subsequently killed by a shark.

According to the New York Post, the victim, Marcelo Rocha Santos, 51, had been drinking some alcohol with a friend on a beach in Jaboatao dos Guararapes, a city on the eastern edge of the country. Santos was soon pressed and needed to urinate.

The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon, 10 July 2021. Pictures of his fatal shark attack injuries have been circulated online, showing Santos’ lower arm missing and a large chunk taken out of his leg.

“It was a friend of mine who was in the sea with the person who was attacked. Suddenly, he saw the man struggling… There was a lot of blood in the water,” bystander Endriano Gomes is quoted as having said to a local news agency.

Man who witnessed horrific shark attack speaks

Santos’ friend, Ademir Sebastiao da Silva, who watched in horror as the shark plunged its jaws into him, told media that they peed in the water because the beach had no facilities. There were apparently several signs warning beachgoers against entering the water, but these were evidently ignored – and the consequences were deadly.

“As the beach has no bathroom, I went into the sea to pee. I was beside him with the water up to our waists,” he said.

Jonas Rodrigues, a researcher at the Federal University of Pernambuco, says the species involved is a tiger shark.

“The species involved is a tiger shark. […] We came to this conclusion based on the shape of the bite and the distance between the teeth. It is an adult animal, with a minimum size of 2.6 meters in total length”, he told local publication Globo News.

There have been more than 60 shark attacks in the area in recent decades, including 25 other fatalities since 1992. A dozen previous attacks have been reported at the beach where Santos was killed, according to state data.

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