A 20-YEAR-OLD body-boarder from Cape Town has died after being attacked by a shark between Gordon’s Bay and Koel Bay, a popular surfing and body-boarding spot on the False Bay coast.
The NSRI volunteer sea rescue duty crew at Gordon’s Bay launched sea rescue craft and were joined by the SA Police Force, a Skymed rescue helicopter and government emergency services when news of the attack broke shortly after noon today (Thursday).
The body of the victim, who was from Camps Bay, was found on the rocks by the shore, the NSRI’s Craig Lambinon said in a media statement. The man suffered a complete amputation of his right leg, below the hip, while body-boarding with his brother and friends.
It is believed four people were in the water with him at the time of the attack. The man, whose identity has not yet been made public, was pulled from the water by his brother, friends and bystanders, but succumbed to his injuries.
Lambinon said there were no other bite marks or lacerations on the body and that the severed leg had not been recovered.
“The man’s father arrived on the scene and police trauma counsellors are assisting the family.”
Witnesses told the NSRI a single four- to five metre shark, believed to be a great white, was involved in the attack.
Witnesses also claimed that following the incident up to six sharks were spotted in the area.