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South African surfer attacked by shark in front of rescue crew

Surfer being airlifted today at Still Bay © NSRI

 

 

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Attack occurs in front of NSRI Still Bay base building

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 October, 2015 - South Africa's National Sea Rescue Institute reports that at 3:00 pm today that NSRI Still Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a local 42 year old man being bitten by a shark while surfing at Morris Reef, Still Bay (in front of the Still Bay sea rescue base).

In a statement, NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said two Still Bay crew members were surfing in the vicinity at the time and they assisted the local man out of the water and they were also assisted by another member of the public.

The 2 NSRI Still Bay volunteers immediately accessed the emergency shark medical kits kept at beaches in Still Bay and began to use the medical equipment in the boxes to treat the man’s injuries while activating an emergency response.

NSRI Still Bay duty crew responded to the scene and the injured man was brought into the sea rescue base where medical treatment continued.

WC Government Health EMS and the AMS/EMS Skymed helicopter responded and paramedics took over treatment of the man.

The man is being airlifted to hospital aboard the Skymed helicopter in a serious but stable condition suffering lacerations to his right leg on the calf, knee and hip. The patient remained conscious throughout and he is in good spirits.

From descriptions given by the surfer it is suspected that a White shark of about 3 to 3.5 meters was involved in the encounter although that cannot be confirmed until investigated by authorities based on the bite marks.

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Still Bay, Morris Reef, South Africa, NSRI, Shark Attack
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