September 28, 2011
Video: Brit Attacked by Great White off Cape Town Coast
By David Maccar
A 42-year-old British expat reportedly lost most of his right leg and part of his left foot after being repeatedly bitten by a great white shark off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa today. A YouTube video (below) taken moments after the attack shows a huge shark lurking in the water.
From this story on the UK Telegraph:
Several beaches along the city's False Bay coastline this afternoon remained closed after officials warned it was likely the deadly beast remained in the area.
Craig Lambinon, a spokesman for the National Sea Rescue Institute, said the victim was this afternoon in a serious condition in a private hospital in the city.
"This man was swimming around 50 metres from the beach when the shark attacked him at around 12.20pm," he said.
"It repeatedly bit at both of his legs and caused serious wounds on both the right and left side.
"The man managed to make it back towards the shore and was stabilised on the beach.
"He was then airlifted to hospital where his right leg was amputated above the knee and his left foot was partially amputated.
"He remains in a critical condition."
Local media today reported that a shark had been sighted several times before today's attack at Clovelly Beach near the popular holiday resort of Fish Hoek, around 20 miles south of Cape Town.
A video uploaded on YouTube taken moments after the attack shows a shark lurking in the water...
...A statement released by the organisation also claimed the swimmer had ignored explicit orders not to enter the water...
...It added: "From what we understand the City of Cape Town shark spotters had flown the "sharks present – no swimming" flags since early this morning and bathers to Fish Hoek and the individual had personally been warned, by the shark spotters, not to swim due to the presence of at least three White Sharks visible in the water close inshore since this morning."