At approximately 3:00pm this afternoon (Sunday, 25 October) at Still Bay in the Western Cape, a surfer was bitten by a shark reported to be three to 3.5 meters in length.
Stuart Anderson (42) was airlifted to hospital following the attack.
42 year-old surfer, Stuart Anderson was among a few enjoying the waves out at Morris Reef when the shark attacked. He suffered lacerations to his right leg on the calf, knee and hip, and was helped out of the water by two NSRI crew members who were also surfing (Morris Reef is located out in front of the NSRI Still Bay sea rescue base), as well as another surfer who was out there.
The two NSRI Still Bay volunteers then rushed to retrieve the emergency shark medical kits that are kept at beaches in Still Bay and used this to treat his injuries, while also activating an emergency response.
The patient was airlifted 130kms to George Hospital.
NSRI Still Bay duty crew were quick to respond, and the injured surfer was first taken into the sea rescue base in order to be stabilised, before he was airlifted to hospital in a serious but stable condition.
According to the NSRI report, “the patient remained conscious throughout and he is in good spirits.”