Friday, April 20, 2012

South Africa: Body-boarder, 20, Killed by Five-Meter-Long Shark in Cape Town

According to a report from AFP, a South African body-boarder was killed yesterday (April 19) when a shark estimated to be at least five meters long (16 feet) severed the man's leg at the hip in a Cape Town bay, the second such attack this year.

Witnesses reported seeing a single shark, thought to be a Great White, but following the attack, six other sharks were seen in the vicinity of the incident in False Bay.

COMMENT: Although the victim's body was recovered by his brother, who was with him at the time, the severed leg was never found. The attack actually occurred at Kogel Bay Resort which is near Gordon's Bay, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the city center.

The attack is the latest shark blow for the top tourist city after a British tourist lost parts of both legs at Fish Hoek in September 2011, after he ignored warning flags on a beach which had been closed due to shark activity.

Officials are also considering placing a shark net at Fish Hoek, a popular swimming beach where three attacks, two deadly, have also taken place.

For tourists and travelers alike, it is always prudent to speak to local police, lifeguards or first responders in beach areas before entering the water, so as to determine if sharks have been seen in the area or whether there are shark spotters or shark nets in place.

I would also suggest a search of my 1,000+ postings under "shark attacks," so as to see where sharks have attacked humans worldwide.

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