Tourist has close shave with shark

Cape Town - A tourist was bitten by a shark during a free shark dive near Cape Town but the incident was dismissed by the shark dive operator as being “not remarkable”.

The Swiss tourist was apparently bitten through his wetsuit by a blue shark but was not seriously injured and able to drive himself to hospital for treatment, reported the Cape Argus.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the man sustained only a “light scratch” and paramedics sent to the scene found that bleeding from the cut had already stopped.

Stephen Swanson, co-owner of Shark Explorers, on Tuesday said the incident had been blown out of proportion.  

“The incident was not remarkable. We merely alerted the NSRI as a matter of protocol. Because we deal with foreign tourists, we have to maintain professional conduct and take all possible precautions.

“The fact is that free diving is an adventure sport, and all adventure sports carry with them a small element of risk.”

During free dives there is no cage and there is a certain amount of contact between blue sharks and divers.

He said blue sharks were “curious” and “non-aggressive”.

The shark had apparently bitten through the diver’s wet suit and scratched the skin.

Free diving is done in False Bay about 32 to 64 kilometres from the coast and dive masters usually accompany groups of about six divers at a time.

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stuart.grobbelaar 2013/04/17 01:11:31 PM
I honestly couldn't care less. If you willingly dive into an environment with sharks, it's your fault if you get bitten.
Deon Louw 2013/04/17 01:48:21 PM
They are correct, it is much safer in the sea than on the roads. 4 to 5 deaths a year in SA from sharks against ? 10 000.
Ester Venter 2013/04/17 02:14:16 PM
it doesn't sound like the tourist was too phunked out by the incident. Actually he would probably be quite chuffed that he had this experience. Can you imagine the braai-time stories? (swiss version) he is going to be this real-life legend with his friends!
Douglas James Gass 2013/04/17 02:24:27 PM
"Because we deal with foreign tourists, we have to maintain professional conduct and take all possible precautions" Nice one, so when dealing the rest of us you don't mind skimping on the safety!
Alpheus Nethononda 2013/04/17 02:33:35 PM
No much munch in this story to write home about!
Annette 2013/04/17 03:39:32 PM
as long as no chumming is involved, no cages and no electro-prods - all good. enter at your own risk !
Matthew TheMatt Dickason 2013/04/17 07:27:20 PM
I'm a diver and have dived with sharks, nothing scary about them. They dont want to eat you. If you get bitten 99.999% of the time it's you who where doing something stupid. Respect them, save them as they are amazing animals. Should you disagree then you should keep quiet, as you have no clue about what your talking about.