Surfer dies after shark attack off South Africa’s coast...
Surfer Dies After Shark Attack Off South Africa’s Plettenberg Bay Coast
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 August, 2011 : - - A 49-year-old surfer died today after being attacked by a shark in Plettenberg Bay, about 500 kilometers east of Cape Town. 'We’re not going to speculate on the type of shark,' a spokesman for the National Sea Rescue Institute said, adding that it’s Plettenberg Bay’s first fatal shark attack in 15 years. 'He was surfing off Lookout Beach near the Keurbooms river mouth and was with a large group of surfers.'
This is the second shark attack recorded off South Africa’s coast in the past three months. A scuba diver was injured off Aliwal Shoal, south of Durban, in June during the annual sardine run when sharks and dolphins feed on the large schools of fish. This month there have been two reported shark attacks in Russia and one in the Seychelles, which was fatal.
The surfer in Plettenberg Bay, whose name has not been released, appears to have been bitten in the groin area, Lambinon said, where the femoral artery may have been severed. An autopsy will be performed.
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