A man who was snorkelling off the South African coast was attacked and killed by a shark on Friday, the National Sea Rescue Institute said.
The incident took place off the southern city of Jeffreys Bay, about 600 kilometres east of Cape Town. The victim has yet to be identified, said the agency, which manages maritime safety.
Sharks frequent large stretches of South Africa’s eastern and southern coasts, where underwater fences have been erected at popular swimming spots for protection.
Globally, most shark attacks occur in U.S. coastal waters, followed by Australia and South Africa in second and third place respectively, according to the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File report.
Three people were killed by sharks last year in South Africa, the report said.
In the United States, a person’s chances of being attacked by a shark are 1 in 11.5 million, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.