Horrified holidaymakers were in for the trip of a lifetime when they witnessed a Brazilian teenager mauled in a horrific shark attack. Jose Ernestor da Silva, an eighteen year old who was enjoying a day out on Piedade beach near Recife, Brazil was paddling out at sea when a shark was spotted and worried lifeguards tried to flag him down. The victim was out swimming with friends in deep waters within an area that was marked by signs warning about previous and potential shark attacks, when a shark was spotted and he was asked to move closer to the shore. Rodrigo Matias, from Recife’s fire department, said the group continued to drift further out, and lifeguards called for them to return to shallower waters but “At the exact moment in which the lifeguards asked for them to come closer to the beach, he was bitten.”
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Other people on the beach rushed to try to help the young man, and wrestled him from the sea as the shark was throwing him around. Quick thinking passersby tie makeshift tourniquets around his wounds and can be heard shouting for de Silva to "breathe". He was quickly rushed to hospital by ambulance where he apparently suffered two hearts attacks and remains in critical condition. Ambulance medic Wagner Monteiro said Jose had the first heart attack after arriving at the local Aeronautica Hospital, and another as he was being transported to the Restauracao Hospital in the centre of Recife. He said: “The shark bite amputated his femur and his penis. He lost a lot of blood and is in a critical condition.” The shark is understood to have been a tiger shark.
A spokesman for the Restauracao Hospital confirmed that Jose was in surgery at 5.30pm yesterday, and is due to give another report on his condition later today. The teen's mother Elisangela dos Anjos, 42, told Brazil’s JC Online that he had visited the beach without her knowing, and she only knew after her other son Ezequiel, who was with him, called her from the beach following the attack. She said: “He would go in secret, because he knew that I thought it was dangerous. I wasn’t worried because I thought he was somewhere around the house. When I heard about it I went crazy, all the neighbours heard me screaming.”
Brazil has been plagued with shark attacks recently, and it's the second time in less than two months that a shark attack has left a swimmer in a critical condition at the same beach in the Jabotao de Guararapes district of greater Recife. Eighty percent of all shark attacks incidents in Brazil since 1992 have been along the same 18-mile stretch of beach.