The swimmer who went missing off Point Reyes National Seashore on October 1 has been identified as Felix Louis N’jai. N’jai, an experienced kite surfer and CEO at ENIAC Labs, was camping at the park for a wedding when he went swimming with a group. Witnesses reported seeing a shark in the water before N’jai disappeared.
The Marin County Coroner Division and the National Park Service have not yet officially identified N’jai. A search effort has been underway since Saturday, but no sign of him has been found, and further search and recovery efforts are limited.
The incident occurred at 10:40 a.m. on Sunday, October 1st, when witnesses reported a shark bit a man who was swimming off Wildcat Beach. The shark reportedly pulled the swimmer underwater. The missing swimmer is believed to be in his 50s.
Witnesses at the scene, which included other swimmers in the vicinity, reported the presence of “a large pool of blood in the water,” as told to KPIX. At the time of the attack, three men were swimming approximately 25 to 50 yards offshore.
The type and size of the shark involved in the incident remain unclear. Point Reyes is known to have white sharks, particularly in August, September, and October, when they are attracted by the presence of seals and sea lions. The area near Wildcat Beach, where the incident occurred, is close to Double Point, home to a large seal rookery.
While shark-related incidents have been reported in Marin County since 1950, none have been fatal. White sharks are considered the most likely species to bite a person in this region. The surfing community is generally aware of their presence during certain months, with increased shark activity in September and October as they seek seals as prey.