A drunken man died in a horrific shark attack after wading into the sea to urinate on a Brazilian beach.
Marcelo Rocha Santos, 51, had his hand and part of his leg bitten by the predator on Piedade beach in Jaboatao dos Guararapes on Saturday.
After lying motionless on the beach surrounded by shocked passers-by, he was taken to hospital in Recife where he was pronounced dead.
Drunk man died in horrific shark attack after wading into the sea to urinate on Brazilian beach
The attack took place near an area of the beach where there had been 12 previous shark attacks.
A rescuer was on duty at the time, but could not prevent the attack from taking place.
Mechanic Edriano Gomes told reporters the victim had been drinking with friends. He entered the water around 2 p.m. as the weather turned cloudy and the sea became rough.
Gomes said: “It was a friend of mine who was in the sea with the person who was attacked. Suddenly he saw the man struggling. There was a lot of blood in the water.
Marcelo Rocha Santos, 51, had his hand and part of his leg bitten by the predator at Piedade Beach
When the shark attacked, only the victim and the other person who escaped unharmed were in the water at the time.
Swimmer Ademir Sebastiao da Silva told reporters: “As the beach does not have a bathroom, I went into the sea to pee. I was next to him with water up to my waist.
Marcelo’s friends brought the victim to the shore where he fell to the ground unconscious.
It is not known what type of shark attacked it, although experts say it was likely a bulldog shark or a tiger shark.
It is not known what type of shark attacked it, although experts say it was likely a bull shark (pictured) or a tiger shark.
Shark attacks are also more common at this time of year, as the rains make the sea cloudy.
It is believed that despite the various signs warning people not to enter the water, the lifeguard on duty did not tell the two men to get out of the sea as they were only waist-deep.
In the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, where Jaboatao dos Guararapes is located, 62 shark attacks have killed 25 people since 1992, when construction work at the port of Suape disrupted the animals’ farming and hunting habits.