Terrifying moment a shark thrashes in the water as panicked tourists flee for safety on Caribbean beach – a year after a holidaymaker was mauled to death there
This is the horror moment a shark lurks in the water near the shoreline as frightened tourists try to get to safety.
Terrifying footage shows the crazy shark causing panic on a beach on the Caribbean island of San Andres.
It comes less than a year after an Italian tourist was killed in a shark attack on the the same Colombian island, famous for its white sandy beaches.
A man was seen leaving the water with a toddler in his arms as women next to him began to scream on the busy shoreline as the large fish appeared to launch an attack at close range.
It later emerged that the shark, locally described as a hammerhead shark, had gone for a manta ray.
Terrifying footage shows the crazy shark causing panic on a beach on the Caribbean island of San Andres
It showed a tourist worker on a jet ski trying to scare off the shark (left) as it lurched around in the sea (right)
The tragedy took place on Friday at a beach called Spratt Bight, a white-sand beach along the island's main strip that is described as family-friendly and is said to be very busy.
A tourism worker on a jet ski could be seen approaching the shark and trying to scare it off as locals and holidaymakers watched from the shoreline.
Many of the sun seekers appeared to beckon friends and relatives still in the water to move to dry land, filming the events unfolding before their eyes on their cellphones.
The actions of the man on the jet ski were criticized by Coralina, the island's sustainable development organisation, which urged calm after the incident and urged people to be careful, but said there was no real reason for concern.
It said: 'They are hammerhead sharks that hunt manta rays, they are part of their diet.
'Humans are not part of the diet of sharks and even less so in these types of sharks, so what people need to do is be careful.
'Sharks are a fundamental part of trophic networks.'
Marine biology expert Sandra Escobar added: 'The important thing is that these incidents do not lead to people attacking sharks and viewing them as enemies.'
The tragedy took place on Friday at a beach called Spratt Bight, a white sand beach along the main strip of the island
Onlookers could be seen watching as the shark made its way to the shore of the beach
Italian tourist Antonio Roseto Degli Abruzzi, 56, lost much of his right thigh after he was bitten by a two-metre shark while swimming in a popular snorkeling area called La Piscinita on San Andres.
Graphic images published by the local press and on social media at the time showed him lying on his back after the attack with blood dripping from his wound before he was taken to hospital.
He went into hypovolemic shock and died as a result of the severe blood loss he had suffered.
The shark attack, which occurred on March 18, 2022, was described at the time as a first in the area.
A spokesperson for the island government said: 'There are diving programs with professionals where sharks pass close by, but nothing has ever happened.'
Diving instructor Mirla Zambrano, 50, added: 'We are all very surprised. “It's the first time a shark has attacked a tourist in San Andres.”
The attack was blamed on a tiger shark, which was second only to the great white shark in recorded fatal incidents involving humans, although these are still extremely rare.
Videos circulating on social media showed the two mainly nocturnal hunters involved in the incident as they swam in the transparent waters where the Italian holidaymaker died.
Marine biologist Rodrigo Lopez said afterwards: 'People are very concerned about what happened and are not letting people go into the water.
'A witness said the man who was attacked was a good swimmer and had been in the sea for some time and when he went further out for the second time after returning to shore, he started screaming for help and was surrounded by blood. '
In July last year, Colombian freediver Cristian Castano was bitten by a shark near San Andres.
He later posted a photo from the hospital, showing him giving a thumbs up while his hands and forearms were in bandages.
San Andres, about 750 kilometers north of the Colombian mainland, is part of Colombia but historically linked to Britain.
English settlers from Barbados and England settled in San Andres and the neighboring island of Providence in the 17th century.
The Welsh privateer Sir Henry Morgan used it as one of the centers of his operations in 1670.
After a failed Spanish invasion of the islands in 1635, they were controlled by England until 1787.