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Swimmer savaged by shark at same spot where drunk man was mauled to death while peeing in the sea

A SWIMMER has been savaged by a shark at the same spot where a drunk man was mauled to death while peeing in the sea.

Everton dos Reis Guimaraes, 32, suffered injuries to the back of his left thigh and buttock when mauled on Piedade Beach in Brazil.

According to the Jaboatao dos Guararapes fire brigade, Everton was squatting in shallow waters when the shark attack took place on Sunday, reports Jacobina Noticias.

He suffered injuries to the back of his left thigh and buttock, and was taken to a local hospital.

The paper said that he was lucky not to have had his leg "torn off" in the mauling - which he has incredibly survived.

Everton was later transferred to another hospital in the nearby city of Recife in a stable condition, where he underwent extensive surgery.

At the time of reporting, he is recovering in hospital.

The savaging took place just 15 days after a drunk man died when his hand was ripped off and he suffered a deep wound in his thigh at the same shark-infested location.

Everton was one of the 'lucky' survivors, as a recent tally shows there have been another 13 shark attacks recorded at Piedade Beach - seven of which were fatal.

Of the 66 incidents involving sharks reported off the coast of Pernambuco itself since 1992, there have been 26 deaths.


The most recent fatality was that of Marcelo Rocha Santos, 51, a drunk man who was mauled to death by a shark after walking into the sea to pee.

He suffered gruesome injuries that included a missing hand and a chunk bitten out of his leg.

Santos was rushed to hospital in the neighbouring city of Recife, where he arrived without vital signs and was pronounced dead.

Piedade Beach is said to be a shark-attack hotspot, as it is open and unprotected by reefs. 

While a lifeguard was on duty at the time, he had not been able to prevent the attack from taking place.

Mechanic Edriano Gomes, told local reporters that Santos had entered the water when it was cloudy and the sea was becoming choppy.

Gomes said: “There was a lot of blood in the water."

Only the victim and the other person who escaped unharmed were in the water at the time of the attack.

There was a lot of blood in the water.

Mechanic Edriano Gomes

The other person in the water, glazier Ademir Sebastiao da Silva, told reporters that the pair had entered the water to pee, as the beach had no bathroom.

“I was beside him with the water up to our waists,” Sebastiao da Silva said.

Marcelo's friends brought the victim to shore, where he fell to the ground unconscious.

While it was not known what kind of shark attacked him, experts say it was likely a bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) or a tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier).

Shark attacks were also more common at this time of year as the rains make the sea murky.

While the beach was reportedly dotted with various signs warning people not to enter the water, it was thought that the lifeguard on duty did not tell the two men to get out of the sea - as they were only up to their waists.

In the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, where Jaboatao dos Guararapes is located and which has around 187 kilometres (116 mi) of coast, there have been 62 shark attacks with 25 fatalities since 1992.

The frequency of attacks was thought to have fallen from this point, when building works at Suape Port began to disrupt the animals' breeding and hunting habits.

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