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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."

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from jbird wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

So "shark flags" were flying, and swimmers were personally notified that Great Whites were in the waters, and this idiot still went swimming 50 meters out??

DUH! Kind of hard to feel sorry for someone that stupid.

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Just when you thought it was safe to 'stick it to the man'...

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from M_Rothwell wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Wow. The height of arrogance and the resultant penalty for failure.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Cape Town Coast?

I watch National Geographic and know better, rather be on SCUBA on the bottom than flopping around on the surface!!

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from Greenhead wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Obviously, nobody deserves to have something like this happen to them, but man, this guy can't have been surprised.

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Looks like it thinks the lunch counter is open.

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from Hunter55 wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Why would you swim near false bay, has this guy never seen shark week, that's enough for me to stay out of the bathtub!

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from badsmerf wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Congratulations buddy, you proved why shark spotters exist! Hope he lives. Sounds like the shark didn't really want to eat him, just curious.

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from Del in KS wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

This unfortunate fellow sounds like a nominee for the Darwin award.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

So "shark flags" were flying, and swimmers were personally notified that Great Whites were in the waters, and this idiot still went swimming 50 meters out??

DUH! Kind of hard to feel sorry for someone that stupid.

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from M_Rothwell wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Wow. The height of arrogance and the resultant penalty for failure.

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from Greenhead wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Obviously, nobody deserves to have something like this happen to them, but man, this guy can't have been surprised.

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from Hunter55 wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Why would you swim near false bay, has this guy never seen shark week, that's enough for me to stay out of the bathtub!

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Just when you thought it was safe to 'stick it to the man'...

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Cape Town Coast?

I watch National Geographic and know better, rather be on SCUBA on the bottom than flopping around on the surface!!

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Looks like it thinks the lunch counter is open.

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from badsmerf wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Congratulations buddy, you proved why shark spotters exist! Hope he lives. Sounds like the shark didn't really want to eat him, just curious.

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from Del in KS wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

This unfortunate fellow sounds like a nominee for the Darwin award.

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