A 20 year-old male surfer at Muizenberg was attacked by a shark at approximately 2:07pm this afternoon. According to the NSRI report, the victim’s injuries included multiple lacerations to his lower limbs and an avulsion to the left thigh. Fortunately the injuries were not critical and a member of the public was able to stem the blood flow using the victim’s leash as a tourniquet. Paramedics then took over and stabilised the victim before he was airlifted to Vincent Pallotti Hospital.
We spoke with photographer, Ian Thurtell, who was on the scene and had already chatted to a few eyewitnesses. It’s reported the victim was launched out of the water by the shark when it attacked him. According to long time Muizenberg local, Reza De Nicker, the wind and surf conditions also looked exactly the same as the day JP Andrews was attacked in 2004.
The shark is suspected to have been between 3 and 4 meters in length judging by the bite marks, but this can only be confirmed once further investigation has taken place. It has been confirmed to be a great white, however.
At the time of the incident, Shark Spotters were flying the black flag to indicate poor water and weather visibility. A surfer who’d spotted a shark fin in the water notified the spotters, but they were in the process of raising the shark alarm when the attack took place.
Shark Spotters and Law Enforcement officers have closed Muizenberg Beach. Bathers and surfers along the False Bay coastline are urged to exercise caution.