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Bodyboarder loses leg in Western Cape shark attack

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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 June, 2015 - A teenage bodyboarder lost his leg in a shark attack at Buffels Bay, aka Buffalo Bay, in the Western Cape. 19-year-old Caleb Swanepoel was pulled out of the water by fellow bodyboarders mid-day on Saturday.

According to the National Sea Rescue Insistute (NSRI) Knysna, two of Caleb’s brothers that were on the water with him at the time and fellow body boarders and surfers rescued him from the surf. A shark emergency kit, kept at the local caravan park, was immediately provided by the Buffels Bay caravan park.

NSRI Knysna deputy station commander Declan Nurse in a statement said Caleb Swanepoel from Prins Albert was fortunate that a doctor was nearby.

"A local doctor, Dr Dee Richmond, who happened to be on the scene at the time of the incident with her husband, initiated emergency medical treatment to Swanepoel, who is a student at the University of Cape Town,” said Declan Nurse of the NSRI.

Swanepoel survived and is currently in serious, but stable condition. Unfortunately he lost his right leg above the knee during the attack.

"With two shark encounters in two days along the Southern Cape coast, yesterday in Plettenberg Bay and today at Buffalo Bay, the NSRI are urging bathers and surfers to be cautious and to make an informed decision on whether or not to enter the water, although it is advised not to enter until municipal authorities advise further,” added Nurse.

The species of shark has not been positively identified but it is suspected that Swanepoel was attacked by a great white which are known to frequent the area.

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