Shark attack at Cape Town beach

Cape Town - A young man has been attacked by a White Shark off Muizenberg beach in Cape Town on Friday.

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According to reports, the 20-year-old was surfing when he was bitten after 14:00.

Craig Lambinon, NSRI spokesperson, said the man, from Newlands was found to be in a stable condition with multiple lacerations to his lower limbs (some of which are deep lacerations) and an avulsion to the left thigh.

The man was airlifted to hospital and in a stable condition

“A member of the public had begun first aid on the scene prior to paramedics arriving,” he said.

Lambinon said at the time of the attack the Shark Spotters were flying the Black Shark Flag (indicating poor water and weather visibility conditions - a misty haze).

“A bystander had approached the shark spotters to inform them that they had seen a shark fin in the water and the incident happened when the Shark Siren was in the process of being activated.”

The NSRI confirmed, by the bite marks, that it was a White Shark. 

Wilfred Schrevian Evan Solomons-Johannes, City of Cape Town spokesperson, said Muizenberg beach will remain closed to the public until further notice.  The City will reassess the beach tomorrow morning.

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John Comyn 2014/08/01 03:15:01 PM
That's why the deepest I venture into the water anywhere near False Bay is ankle deep. I don't care if the chances of being taken by a shark are a billion/1.
ryanj252 2014/08/01 03:17:06 PM
Im sure he wouldnt skateboard throught the Kruger National Park
Mr Badbones 2014/08/01 03:20:53 PM
I scuba dive there all the time ...... no sharks there .....
Bob Mearly 2014/08/01 03:31:02 PM
You got more chance of being murdered or run over by a drunk driver. Remember more Sharks are killed by humans than humans killed by sharks.
Lilian KK 2014/08/01 03:35:37 PM
Not very nice at all. I wonder if he will ever surf again?
Jamill Ahmed 2014/08/01 03:39:51 PM
Hahahahahaha ban thats a good one
Leigh Pollock 2014/08/01 03:43:48 PM
the black flag was flying he took a bad risk ... still sad though
FreeThinker 2014/08/01 03:47:04 PM
Pity the 100,000 sharks that get their fins hacked off each day while still alive and then get thrown back into the ocean to suffocate never make headline news.
John Comyn 2014/08/01 03:47:08 PM
Poor guy - it must be the most frightening thing in the world. He seems to be okay and he is a very very lucky young man.
Sitch Nkululeko N 2014/08/01 03:52:46 PM
The chances are my fellow white brother from another mother will be on the surfboard again before the stitches come off...Celebrating his second chance of life catching a lekker wave..Glad he survived this one to tell the tale.