A SWIMMER has been killed in a horror shark attack at a beach off a South African coast.
Horrified onlookers alerted the authorities after spotting the man being mauled by the beast at the Sanctuary Beach in Plettenberg Bay.
The National Sea Rescue rushed to the scene and launched two rescue crafts.
NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said: “On arrival at the scene, the body of an adult male, believed to be a local, was recovered from the water from the back surf line onto an NSRI rescue craft.
“The body was brought to the NSRI Plettenberg Bay rescue station.
“An NSRI doctor, Western Cape EMS and the South African Police Services responded.”
Lambinon added that the Bitou Municipality has closed nearby beaches following the incident.
“Sadly, the injuries sustained were fatal and the man was declared deceased by the doctor.
“Condolences are conveyed to the family of the deceased man.
“The NSRi and Bitou Municipality are appealing to sea users, bathes, sailors, paddlers and boaters in Plettenberg Bay and also on the Southern Cape coastline to exercise caution following this fatal incident.”