VIA – THE SUN – UK
A SURFER has died after he was attacked by a Great White Shark in the sea off South Africa.
By STAFF REPORTER
The 49-year-old man was bitten twice on the leg as he rode waves off Plettenberg Bay this morning.
According to local reports, the victim spotted a two-metre long Great White as he prepared to surf back to the shore.
He shouted a warning to the four other people he was surfing with. But he couldn’t save himself as the beast attacked, first biting him at the top of the leg, then pulling him underwater before biting him again.
Other surfers pulled him the beach, but they said he had lost a great deal of blood from a severed artery in his thigh.
The attack happened off Lookout Beach. The area is renowned as one of the country’s top surfing spots – but is becoming equally notorious for sharks.
In recent weeks, locals have spotted a large number of Great Whites in the area.
Local Kyle Harris said: “If you hang around long enough you’re pretty much guaranteed of seeing a shark, sometimes even really huge sharks.”
Last year a local surfer told how a five-metre long shark tried to block him from surfing back to the shore.
Matt O’Carrol said he shouted to fellow surfers who managed to get away, but he was further out and found his way back to the beach cut off. He eventually escaped.
South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute confirmed today’s attack.
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