Kayaker 'tried to chase off J-Bay shark'

2013-10-11 14:58
Onlookers and rescue staff look on as the remains of a man killed by a shark attack are recovered at Albatros Beach, Jeffreys Bay. (Jordan Zeelie, Twitter)

Onlookers and rescue staff look on as the remains of a man killed by a shark attack are recovered at Albatros Beach, Jeffreys Bay. (Jordan Zeelie, Twitter)

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Cape Town - A kayaker is believed to have used his paddle to try and chase off a shark after it attacked a snorkeler at Jeffreys Bay on Friday.

According to surfing website Wavescape, a witness to the attack said the victim was swimming close to the rocks when a large shark attacked him and pulled him out into deeper water.

A sea kayaker apparently saw the victim lying with his head down in the water. He tried to retrieve the body but the shark came back and would not let go of the victim, despite him trying to hit it with his paddle.

Other witnesses said the shark was so large it was mistaken for two sharks.

The NSRI confirmed on Friday that its duty crew was activated at about 11:30 on Friday morning after receiving reports of a shark attack. Two sea rescue craft were launched.

The remains of a body were recovered from the water.

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