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Shark attack victim ignored previous warnings

2011-09-29 22:31

Cape Town - The man attacked by a great white shark at Fish Hoek, Michael Cohen, had ignored beach spotters' warnings before, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Thursday.

"They have spoken to him on previous occasions as well, but he still goes and swims," NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.

"We were told repeatedly by the shark spotters on the scene that they physically told him [Cohen] not to enter the water," said Lambinon.

Cohen was warned not to enter the water because three sharks had been seen.

The 43-year-old British man was in a stable condition in a Cape Town hospital on Thursday afternoon after his right leg was bitten off, as well as part of his left leg below the knee.

An Eskom power blackout in Cape Town compounded the situation as a shark spotter was prevented from sounding a warning alarm before the attack

"At around 12:25 [on Wednesday], the mountain shark spotter saw a swimmer enter the water near the Clovelly Corner area," the City of Cape Town said in a report on the incident.

"The spotter tried to sound the alarm, but due to an Eskom-related city-wide electricity failure, the alarm did not sound."

Eskom said it was not aware of the City of Cape Town's report and could not immediately comment.

The power outage in Cape Town lasted from just before 11:00 to just after 13:00, said Eskom spokesperson Hillary Joffe.

Shark lunged for him

The city said spotters first sighted two great white sharks after 09:00 on Wednesday.

The alarm was sounded, the beach was closed and the white flag was raised.

Once the sharks had moved back out of the bay, the red warning flag was raised as per standard safety protocol.

At 10.50am shark spotters sighted two great white sharks for a second time in Fish Hoek Bay.

The shark siren was again sounded, the beach was cleared of swimmers and the shark flag was raised.

The city said the spotter notified his colleague on the beach, as well as shark spotting operations manager Monwabisi Sikweyiya by radio when Cohen entered the water.

The beach spotter ran toward Clovelly Corner to warn Cohen, while Sikweyiya drove there.

Shortly after 12:25 a witness, Kyle James, 16, saw a large shark "casually and slowly" approach Cohen, who was swimming parallel to the beach in a southerly direction, near the brown water coming from the Silvermine River mouth.

The shark approached him from behind. Cohen appeared unaware of the shark's presence.

"The shark lunged for the swimmer, shook him once, then let go and moved off 5m to 10m away," the city said.

Red with blood

Lambinon said Cohen was pulled out of the water by "two humble good Samaritans", Douglas Drysdale, 61, of Glencairn Heights, and Hugh Till, 66, of Fish Hoek.

The men had been returning from Pollsmoor Prison, where they are voluntary spiritual guidance counsellors. They usually looked out for whales while rounding Clovelly Corner on Main Road on their way back.

They saw Cohen swimming about 25m out to sea in the direction of Fish Hoek, when a dark shape appeared about 30m in front of him.

"As the dark shape grew closer to the swimmer, the two men realised it was a shark," Lambinon said.

The men drove into the car park and ran onto the beach. Cohen was by then struggling, the sea around him red with blood.

"Without hesitation, the two men kicked off their shoes, plunged into the water and waded through the surf to reach the injured swimmer," Lambinon said.

"Douglas had called the emergency services before plunging into the water himself."

Till grabbed Cohen by the hand. Drysdale grabbed Till and dragged them shorewards.

At the scene Sikweyiya removed his belt and applied it as a tourniquet. He elevated Cohen's leg and removed his shorts, which he used to stem the bleeding.

Cohen was stabilised before being taken by helicopter to hospital in Constantiaberg.

The city said Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, St James and Muizenberg remained closed to bathers.

Two shark sightings had been reported at Fish Hoek, while another was reported at Muizenberg on Thursday..

Comments
  • TonyC - 2011-09-29 22:57

    It's most annoying to read that this chap was so arrogant that he ignored the warnings of people who are doing a marvellous job at trying to keep the area as safe as possible. What's more annoying is that he inadvertantly risked the lives of 3 brave souls who obviously didn't give a second thought to their own safety and plunged into the water to save him. Ultimately, I guess we can say that he's paid the price for his attitude, but at an unacceptable cost. I hope others have taken heed and will obey the Shark spotters without question in future.

      MagdaKus - 2011-09-30 06:11

      Amazing attitude! I shall swim, and no shark is going to stop me doing what I want? Unbelievable...

      Analyst - 2011-09-30 06:45

      @marco - Great white sharks don't eat human meat.

      Brenton - 2011-09-30 07:16

      @Analyst so what happened to this guys leg? And these people http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Shark-rips-tourist-apart-20100112.

      Fed-Up - 2011-09-30 07:33

      @ dude - nope he can't (no more legs or feet) probably punching himself

      Brad - 2011-09-30 07:42

      Hey TonyC - I agree about the arrogance. However, on another note, can someone tell me why shark nets are found throughout KZN and the Eastern Cape, but not in most parts of the Western Cape? Does it have something to do with the penguins and seals? What about the dolphins? They are found all over the show, and yet shark nets have still be installed. Have the authorities not looked at other ways of preventing shark attacks? What happened to that South African patented device that kept sharks at bay (excuse the pun) by releasing a series of pulses or sound waves or something? Surely, in this day and age, the use of shark spotters - although very helpful - is a little archaic. Just a thought...

      leomom - 2011-09-30 08:00

      Couldn't agree more, totally irresponsible uncaring attitude, i hope he has the balls to contact the men who saved his life and thank them for their unselfish deed and admit what a dickhead he really is.

      McDaNife - 2011-09-30 08:09

      @Dude with which leg. Sorry for this little humour but he had it coming to him for being ignorant.

      Ian - 2011-09-30 08:11

      @Shitani-Cat I have a friend that works for a medical aid scheme, and thats a guarenteed, it falls under the same exclusions as parachuting, mountaineering, paragliding etc, however if the spotters declared the area clear and the flags were down and he got hit, different story, any bets the pommie prick does it again and probally upon discharge

      Megan - 2011-09-30 08:20

      @Brad - a few years ago (I think about 2 or 3) when there seemed to be an increase in the number of sharks spotted along the coast line, the Natal Sharks Board were called in to consult on the possible methods of preventing shark attacks near the beaches. They were the first to admit that shark nets did not keep the sharks out. Contrary to what most believe (I also did not know this until I read their article) the nets are not one continous net but a series of nets staggered next to each other spread out along the coast. They have admitted, that most sharks are caught and killed in the nets while trying to get back out in to open water. So the nets do not stop them from coming in towards the shore. I know that there will be a lot of people demanding to know why then are there not as many shark attacks along those sections of coast, and honestly I can't answer that. I also, unfortunately cannot find that article to link it as a reference. I remember reading it in the Sunday Times. At the same time, the nets are responisible for the deaths of other marine life such as dolphins and seals. I honestly believe that the fact of the matter is - sharks belong in the sea, we don't really. We use the sea as a recreational thing, they use the sea to survive. Every person entering the water where it's known to have sharks, does so at their own risk and with the full knowledge that something like this could happen to them. It's a choice we make, and sometimes, it's the wrong one.

      Almaki - 2011-09-30 08:47

      @Megan: Not the article you were referring to, but here's a link to a page that also states the truth about shark nets - http://www.saveoursharks.com.au/Save_Our_Sharks_-_Shark_Nets.html

      jason - 2011-09-30 09:03

      @marco to be really fair, that pommy should have known better. Its all good and well for him to say its his own fault if he was attacked, but I'm sure the people that helped him and the bystanders could have done without having to deal with the trauma of the gruesome scene.

      Megan - 2011-09-30 10:39

      Thanks Almaki

  • pommie-abroad - 2011-09-29 23:11

    Well there you go then....he was thoroughly rewarded for his stupidity.... Shark 1 arrogant little human 0

      Notuagain - 2011-09-30 09:41

      Everyday for the rest of his life, he will be reminded of his brief bad judgement call. I don't think a public flogging is necessary as well.

  • Chris3 - 2011-09-29 23:13

    No doubt this guy was just being a right idiot, and paid the price. But I kind of feel that we've reached a very special point as a country when we can't even supply electricity to sound a Siren...

  • melvin.rautenbach - 2011-09-29 23:22

    If ever there is an opportunity to award an honour for bravery, this is it. Such selflessness in the midst of real danger is remarkable. Our country is filled with superheros...

      AJ2 - 2011-09-30 07:02

      I wouldn't say 'filled', but certainly some are out there..

      Saint - 2011-09-30 08:59

      Ja but who IS really honouring their bravery?

  • vaughan.a.wood - 2011-09-29 23:26

    Great whites aren't picky who they choose,and after the taste off human blood which they have a dislike to,you are then let go with multiple damages to your body parts and if not dealt with immediately,you're dead from loss of blood!!! Speaking from a surfer's view point.And as Tony rightfully says;this selfish man endangered 3 peoples lives unnecessarily !!!

      Gungets Tuft - 2011-09-30 05:57

      Great Whites are actually VERY picky, unlike Zambies, O-W tips and Black Tips. If this shark had been hunting they would never have recovered a scrap of his body. He was nibbled, by GW standards. Agree on his lack of consideration though, he has paid a huge price.

  • I_ARE_BABOON - 2011-09-29 23:35

    i guess he has.. *puts on sunglasses* ...no leg to stand on.

      Prime_Evil - 2011-09-30 06:41

      You forgot to say YEEEEEEAAAAAAAAH!

      brianR - 2011-09-30 08:37

      you sure make a good Horatio Cain impersonation...

  • OZNOB - 2011-09-29 23:39

    this idot has either brains of custard or a death wish though what gets my goat is that his actions endangered the lives of three selfless people who without a second thought put their lives on the line to save his miserable carcass. i gues he will now carry a reminder of his stupidity for the rest of his life

  • Veld66 - 2011-09-29 23:42

    We all remember Jonah from the bible perhaps he tried to those miracles, he surname sounds Jewish like Jonah was.

      karsten.kaminski - 2011-09-30 01:08

      Why bring race or religion into this? I'd love to here what your post would have read if this had been a family member or close friend of yours. A word of advice, before you post your comments proof read. You sound like a clown with what you've written. You use the name Veld66... let me guess your real name is Baksteen ne?

      40 Something - 2011-09-30 07:04

      A@ Karsten. Proof read your own post! It's "hear" not "here".

      CBos - 2011-09-30 07:43

      @ Veld666 & 40 Somethig,.... Voertsek!

      Ian - 2011-09-30 08:17

      your point please

      Gatta - 2011-09-30 15:56

      Mmmmm .. seems you have some issues, dude.

  • Neil - 2011-09-29 23:59

    These are the kind of stories we need to read about everyday ! Positive things happening ! Even the smallest thing can have a massive effect ! LEts forget the negative stuff and carry on with the positive stuff !

  • SharkPirate - 2011-09-30 00:30

    @Dude ... how does he kick himself ... the shark got his legs.

      Bokke - 2011-09-30 05:42

      Its probably some English ideom / saying. We are on the same boat man. Nami angiqondi lento!!!!

      Prime_Evil - 2011-09-30 06:48

      you morons. it is a joke. a cheap shot even, a bullseye but a cheap shot.

  • James - 2011-09-30 00:56

    Terrible thing to happen, but when you tempt fate like that....!!!??? He then endangered the lives of other who rushed in to the water to help him. Of course the fact that our illustrious electricity supplier Eskom was floundering in its ineptness once again did not assist. Had they not managed to plunge the city into the dark ages once again, maybe, just maybe, this crazy swimmer might have obeyed the alarm

      Lizzee - 2011-09-30 02:13

      robin, whether or not he sought to endanger others, the fact of the matter is with his actions, after being warned, he did endanger the lives of innocent people. The subject here is not other shark attacks, it's about a man who was warned NOT to go into the water, an alarm was sound, he got bitten. Those shark spotters did a good job. If they haven't sounded an alarm, who knows how many other people would've been bitten?

      James - 2011-09-30 03:33

      i thought about replying to robin but clearly she is one of those know it all tree-huggers. So when we fly in an aeroplane and crash due to a faulty warning alarm in the plane - dont blame the pilot, manufactureres etc - we were in the sky which belongs to the pretty little budgies etc. repent you silly air travellers!

      Ridah Booley - 2011-09-30 07:25

      @Robyn, I take it you cant swim right?

  • Dorothy - 2011-09-30 01:13

    What if his rescuers had been bitten trying to help him from his stupidity. He should be fined as he was warned.

  • kingkong - 2011-09-30 01:28

    if in the event of you waking up in the morning and find a shark in your living room i would understand that you will have a reason to go visit its living room and be arrogant but why go and tease him where he lives hunt and not bothering you man dont be a dumb ass i bet you he probely told them that they dont know what they talking about

  • marco - 2011-09-30 01:42

    To be fair this man did say that if anything happened to him whilst swimming,it would be his fault and not the shark.Just 90 minutes earlier to his ordeal,shark warnings were issued by spotters on hill,other bathers on the beach etc.Still after three of the killer species were sighted lurking offshore,he decided to do what he did and that is what comes naturally to us and that is to do your own thing and **** the world.The beach was closed for swimming anyway,and yet this man chose to take a dip in dangerous waters.The shark did what comes naturally to it,a creature looking after its dietary needs.He is very LUCKY he wasn't killed. On a different note: NATO and their Allies have just realize that they should build up their "war on sharks" so as to liberate the ocean.Reason given as being that their scientists(Committee On R&D Opportunities For Advanced Fossil-fueled Energy Complexes Volume 21)have discovered that sharks produce a toxic resource called Methylmercury which comes from fossil fuel combustion and other air pollutants that are deposited into rivers and lakes and flow into our oceans.The Methylmercury gets absorbed by phytoplankton which then gets eaten by small fish who in turn gets eaten by sharks.This toxin ie fossil feul could replace petroleum/oil within the next 5 years.With most sharks captured,placed into tanks and controlled without much resistance,then this resourse can be drained out for their billions of fossil-feul dependants. Sharks beware of NATO!!

      Lizzee - 2011-09-30 02:14

      Once was enough. Why post the same comment three times?

      marco - 2011-09-30 03:25

      @Lizzee Didn't realize that till I saw it.News24 over here where I am seem to not post a comment when it's made sometimes,so it seems reasonable to try and post it again and again until you know...Hence the multiple times it got posted.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-09-30 06:24

      Do they produce the stuff, or does it get stored in their tissues or liver? Doubt they produce it. Put them in clean non polluted water and they wouldn't have any Methylmercury in their tissues methinks? (Not that any part of the sea is clean anymore)

      burtfred - 2011-09-30 06:28

      It's a pity it got posted at all.

      riaan.conradie - 2011-09-30 07:59

      Hi Marco, as a biochemist I am baffled by you saying that methylmercury can be used as a fuel. There's not that much energy in the covalent bonds of that molecule to justify the procedure that you have explained. I think you misread something somewhere.

  • Pawel - 2011-09-30 02:18

    Idiot, should have made good fish food :)

  • Ian - 2011-09-30 02:23

    Now i suppose this Shark is a "Gonner" Now its tasted humans it will be on the lookout for more examples of the idiot Homo Erectus kind, and have to be killed for doing what comes naturally --- Oh!! hang on a bit! - we could translocate it to off South Australia where it can neutralise the prospective parents of up and coming Wallabies - That way we can win the RWC 2030 series - wotcha say?

      Lauren - 2011-09-30 15:26

      Mistaken identity, Ian. They do not really like human blood. They mostly bite and spit out. Mostly, I said. It's not like you see in the movies where the monster gets a taste for human blood and forever more craves it. I think that shark is pissed now and wants to demand his hap back!

  • Craig Louw - 2011-09-30 02:44

    Let's see, humans are not naturally shark prey. We are foreign creatures in their habitat hence the shark bit him and let go. We don't taste so good. That aside we must all take responsibility for our own actions whether ignorance or arrogance only that gentleman can say. We must all realize that sharks are a mystery to human beings. South Africa is one of a handful of places where great white sharks do a full breach when hunting prey. Also it's one of a few places in the world where the bull shark ( very aggressive species) is now living in fresh water rivers. So there was a warning, someone told the guy. Effective!!!! He went and swam anyway and got bit. Effective? Not so much!

  • Craig Louw - 2011-09-30 02:48

    I knew a woman once who came to visit my home she called before hand to say she was coming over. I told her to ring the bell on account of I had a very good guard dog. She rang and I came to the gate. She tried to enter I told her not to. She said nonsense, dogs love me. Before I could get close enough to stop her she opened the gate and stuck her leg in. The dog bit her. Wie nie hoor nie moed bowl

  • Craig Louw - 2011-09-30 02:49

    *voel* damn predictive text!!

  • grant9 - 2011-09-30 04:00

    Like so many news articles, this one has changed sice it was first reported. Initially the victim was swimming 50 meters offshore, now it's 25 meters. At first when it was reported that the alarm did not go off due to a power outage. The NSRI said the sustem had battery back-up (I bet it does now!) NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said that the man had been warned but does not say by whom. I see a lawsuit coming up. About 18 years ago I was on holiday in Fish Hoek. A nat parks chap was giving a talk. I asked if there had ever been a shark attack in the area. He said that a boy had oncw been bitten on the leg but it was unclear if it had been a shark or a seal. At that time there was no talk about anyone seeing a shark yet all the old people sitting on the 'cat-walk' had a vantage view. Now in recent years there have been 2 deaths and this latest attack.

      Gungets Tuft - 2011-09-30 06:07

      No law suit. He would have to explain why he parked his car right next to the Shark Warning flag and still swam.

      Troep - 2011-09-30 06:29

      Yeah well I used to do Nippers (junior Lifesaving) at Fish Hoek beach way back in the early 80's. We swam all over in the bay, there was never any talk of sharks, and things like shark spotters were unheard of.

      edfwilliams - 2011-09-30 09:51

      Hamrad, in Cape Town, had hand operated sirens for sale many years ago. They were very effective but took a bit of muscle. I am sure these things still exist. I'll take look on eBay and some other places and maybe drop the Mayor of Fish Hoek an email if I find one.

  • otter - 2011-09-30 06:41

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a4X_1rK.sqUY could this possibly be the same Mike Cohen?

      grant9 - 2011-09-30 07:55

      Wouldn't it be fascinating if it turns out to be the same guy. Thanks for the link.

  • Kathleen - 2011-09-30 06:43

    So many Brits have the attitude 'I know what I'm doing'and they put other lives in danger through their arrogance. Well, he now lives with the consequences of his arrogance.

      mike - 2011-09-30 09:39

      he was from SA - so many south africans have the attitude 'I know what i'm talking about' before they actually know the facts now you live with the consequences of your ignorance

  • Shaun - 2011-09-30 06:52

    geez guys give this man a bit of slack, I'm pretty sure he regrets his decision;no need to force the issue. Try imagining waking up with those injuries and then find out you are newsworthy stupid too.

  • Colleen - 2011-09-30 07:01

    This is so sad however unbelievable that he didn't take the advice not to swim. Just like the British honeymoon guy who died from a shark attack in the Seychelles on 16th August (At Anse Lazio Beach, Praslin, outside my sister-in-law's place)- he was also warned that a fatal shark attack had taken place just two week's previously on 1st August at the same beach (a French guy), and he also didn't listen...

  • Hannetjie - 2011-09-30 07:08

    I agree this person was not adhering to the safety rules but it is still sad that he was attacked. Let's rather look at the positive side and that is the amazing efforts of those who came to his rescue and, according to the surgeon who operated on him, did a marvellous job with what little they had - making a tourniquet to stop the blood and getting him to shore within a very short time. They should be awareded for their bravery and it shows that people still care!!!!!

  • Ferraro - 2011-09-30 07:12

    no sympathy

  • Gordon Robinson - 2011-09-30 07:22

    To all those who are posting negative comments on this blog - give it a rest. All those who actually know Appy(Mike Cohen)know him as an incredibly decent kind lovable bloke. I'm sure Appy will look back with regret, but only because he put others at risk - he knew the dangers and will be the first to blame himself and not the shark. Lets all have a bit of humility - there are a lot of close friends and family who are hurting over this and all these negative comments and negative perceptions are not helping. And for the record - he is a South African who lived in the UK for a few year - went to school and univercity in Cape Town!!

  • wateva - 2011-09-30 07:24

    tosser!

  • Dan - 2011-09-30 07:25

    And the lifeguards? Were they standing on the beach watching the two locals trying to save the man?

  • Raptor20221 - 2011-09-30 07:28

    And this is why South Africa is in the state it is in. If it can't be blamed on a white or black South African, then it must be because of nationality. No other country I know of is so desperate to keep laying blame elsewhere. The man made a choice and the man knew the risks. Leave him be people. Try going about your day without a set of working legs and see how you cope. I pray that this man recovers quick

      rixtix - 2011-09-30 15:22

      Well it was a Great WHITE shark - flippin racist anti semitic brute of an animal.

  • Viv - 2011-09-30 07:33

    Um sorry...the siren was on the Eskom power grid???? WTF???? The bloody siren should never ever be on an Eskom grid and should ALWAYS have its own power generator. That is just bloody thick and f-ing stupid if the siren is dependant on Eskom power. My word, what moron does not have a life saving siren on its own power!!!

  • Brad - 2011-09-30 07:39

    On another note, can someone tell me why shark nets are found throughout KZN and the Eastern Cape, but not in most parts of the Western Cape? Does it have something to do with the penguins and seals? What about the dolphins? They are found all over the show, and yet shark nets have still be installed. Have the authorities not looked at other ways of preventing shark attacks? What happened to that South African patented device that kept sharks at bay (excuse the pun) by releasing a series of pulses or something? Surely, in this day and age, the use of shark spotters - although very helpful - is a little archaic.

  • Malcop - 2011-09-30 07:40

    The City of Capetown should raise a white flag everytime a British tourist arrives. Remember when the British smoker caused a blaze on Table mountain a few years back. They should stay out of harms way on that cold little island.

      pommie-abroad - 2011-09-30 07:45

      The guys an SA citizen you turnip!! or is dual citizenship outlawed under the ANC??

  • milky bar - 2011-09-30 07:50

    Zenophobic Sharks, they dont like them Poms

  • nicn44 - 2011-09-30 07:51

    it was Sikweyiya's quick thinking that saved Cohens life. A medal to three hero's

  • Ian - 2011-09-30 08:04

    im actually reaching a stage that im glad this arrogant pom got hit, send him back to pom land we dont need these moronic pommie idiots

      Lizzee - 2011-09-30 13:50

      He's South African. Get your facts right. Read his friend's comment above.

  • Coconut - 2011-09-30 08:13

    Stupid bloody Brit. If you don't have ears and will not listen the next best is to feel. This he did for sure. Maybe next time he is warned not to engage in an activity he will have the sense to listen to the advice. Speedy recovery mate and while you are in hospital ask them to test your ears.

  • cele.mduduzi - 2011-09-30 08:14

    People must learn to listen. I have noticed is that people from the so-called first world countries do not see us as efficient or competant to do anything, forgeting that this is our country, we love it and know more about it and its beings.

      Lizzee - 2011-09-30 13:51

      He is South African. Come on, does nobody read any comments here properly? Or even try to get their facts right?

  • RoyoF - 2011-09-30 08:16

    Its time that the beach at Fish Hoek was netted or seeded with shark repellers or some other mechanism to keep bathers safe . Even tho netting is on the decline in the KZN I would think this is the best alternative for the Hoek which is one of CPT's premier beachs.

  • Mally - 2011-09-30 08:26

    I totally agree with TonyC. Dirty water is not a good place to be whilst swimming, how many shark attacks have occurred in that situation. People are selfish putting others at risk.

  • Scorpion - 2011-09-30 08:32

    At the majority if you look at the stats more people die on roads, farms and are getting raped by human hands. Yes this guy made a mistake on the one day a shark mistook him but yesterday I could have been killed twice because of bad drivers on the road. Lets start were it will make a difference.

  • esterhuizenjb - 2011-09-30 08:32

    As jy nie wil hoor nie, moet jy voel!!

  • Brian Roberts - 2011-09-30 08:32

    This guy is not a "British man". He is a South African who lived in the UK for a while.

  • Keith3663 - 2011-09-30 08:35

    He should be held liable for all the relevant costs ...

      Brian Roberts - 2011-09-30 08:39

      @Kieth3663 I agree. It seems the guy had a death wish, if it is found to be so then he should be sued for the costs.

  • Raeez - 2011-09-30 08:38

    Maybe he thought they were pulling hes leg...

  • Saint - 2011-09-30 08:41

    http://blogs.news24.com/colleenfigg/noble-deed-passed-over-in-favour-of-sensationalism My blog airs my views! The news reporters shoudl read what I have to say!!

  • Lionel - 2011-09-30 08:42

    It's a pity he didn't make it for the Darwin awards. Waste of our resources.

  • Fairgame - 2011-09-30 08:45

    Shark nets are not an answer as they do more damage to the eco system than anything else often catching everything but sharks and the sharks that are netted are often caught on their way back out to sea. Just follow the rules, it's their ocean. It's the same as when the plonkers climb out of their cars in the Kruger National Park to take close-up photo's of the Lions. The ocean is not a zoo that we can cordon of and secured for our pleasure. As for siren back-up power and life-guards on duty on an empty beach…this costs money and thanks to the little financial support they get from the government they rely heavily on donations and volunteers from the public. There is no quick fix or simple solution to this…just common sense …white flag – don’t swim, you don’t even need to be literate to understand that.

  • Neil - 2011-09-30 08:53

    If it goes to court he wont have a leg to stand on !

  • positiveness - 2011-09-30 09:01

    Sympathy people. There are rapists and killers who get away scot free, this man's lost both his leg and will go thorugh unimaginable emotional torture, just for making one utterly stupid decision..at least empathise..

      Jacs - 2011-09-30 09:13

      All said and done - he is paying, and will be paying, the price for years to come. I wish him a speedy recovery.