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The Star, by MAUREEN MUDI
19 September 2011

IT was a tragic weekend in Mombasa when a youth was attacked by a bull shark while swimming in the Indian Ocean at Mama Ngina public beach. The unidentified youth had his right leg completely ripped off while the left leg was partly dangling after the Saturday evening incident which shocked many residents. The spot of the attack is within the Likoni crossing channel.

A witness, Ibrahim Mohammed said he heard loud screams from the man when he got attacked. The screams forced those who were near to rush and pull him out to the shores and rush him to hospital. The victim, believed to be less than 25-year- old, died three hours later due to excessive bleeding.

The good Samaritans who rescued and took him to hospital blamed the Coast Provincial General Hospital for delaying to save his life. Fishermen from Old Town who were interviewed said Sharks are usually found in the deep sea, but occasionally come near the shores especially when following ships and other cargo vessels for food that may be thrown into the sea.

A Mr Bakari Karisa, who is one of the fishermen added that due to climate change, the sharks are moving close to the shores. “During this season, the sea is quite cold and temperatures generally low, forcing the sharks to come close to the shores, looking for the smaller fish,” he said. He said the fish are commonly found in coral reefs and other stones near the shore.

The Coast police boss Aggrey Adoli however cautioned residents against swimming deep in the Indian Ocean. “It is just an unfortunate incident and very sad. We urge all residents to be careful when swimming,” he said. According to International Sahrk Attack File, a global monitoring for shark attacks, every year round 60 sharks attacks are reported worldwide, although death is quite unusual. Reasons for attack are many and include predation.

SOURCE: the STAR, by Maureen Mudi. Photo Credit: Elkana Jacob.