A teenager has died after his penis was ripped off in a horrific shark attack as he swam with friends a the beach.
Horrified holidaymakers rushed to Jose Ernestor da Silva’s aid and pulled him from the sea as the terrifying attack unfolded.
The shark struck as lifeguards told the youngsters to come closer to the shore, according to reports.
Footage shows rescuers carrying the 18-year-old onto Piedade beach near Recife, Brazil.
They try to stem the blood by tying garments around the wound, while others can be heard tell the clearly stunned teenager to “breathe”.
An ambulance rushed Jose to hospital, where he reportedly suffered two heart attacks and had a leg amputated.
Despite undergoing emergency surgery, his penis and femur were “amputated” by the bite of what is believed to be a tiger shark, according to medics.
Rodrigo Matias, from Recife’s fire department, said the victim was swimming with his brother and friends in deep waters near the shore, in an area marked by signs warning of shark attacks.
Speaking from the hospital, 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.”
It is 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.
On April 15, 35-year-old Pablo de Melo had to have a leg and a hand amputated after being attacked by a shark at almost the exact same spot.
The holidaymaker was admitted to hospital in a critical condition after being bitten in the arm and leg in waist deep water.
The latest incident is the 65th shark attack registered along the coast of Brazil’s north-east Pernambuco state since 1992.