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Shark bite victim needed 7 litres of blood

2011-09-29 14:11

Cape Town - A British man who was bitten by a shark at Fish Hoek beach on Tuesday is "not out of the woods yet" and is critical but stable, his doctor said on Wednesday.

Michael Cohen, 43, was given more than seven litres of blood, or 14 units, due to the severe blood loss he suffered, Professor Andrew Nicol said at a news conference at Constaniaberg Medi-Clinic.

Nicol said that although Cohen lost his right leg, doctors would be monitoring the UK man and taking him back into surgery within the next 24 hours to try and save the left leg.

Nicol praised the first responders to the incident saying that they had probably saved Cohen’s life by securing a tourniquet made out of a wetsuit and belts to his leg where his femoral artery had been severed.  

He said that usually with this type of injury, the patient "does not make it to the hospital".

"This was a nasty injury, it does take your breath away," added Nicol. "He is very, very lucky to be alive.”  

Nicol also said that Cohen was "showing signs of waking up" which was positive for his condition. However, he is being kept heavily sedated due to the severity of his injuries.

Cohen was bitten by a Great White shark when he apparently ignored shark flag warnings. The beach was also closed at the time of the attack.

Shark spotters who saw the animal tried to warn the man but were too late.

Cohen lives in Cape Town.

Comments
  • Barry M - 2011-09-29 14:15

    Next time he'll listen!

      DW - 2011-09-29 14:22

      Barry it appears he was not a local. Maybe he was unaware of the shark warning - the flags, boards and sirens were at a beach 2km away. Maybe he didnt even know that sharks were an issue in the area. Maybe next time you wont be so judgemental.

      MelaninDisad - 2011-09-29 14:25

      @DW maybe next time you'll read the numerous articles about this incident, where it clearly states how he was warned, etc etc and still went in the water (even saying that if he was bitten, that the shark would not be to blame), before hitting your name with a plank. Plonker.

      Colin - 2011-09-29 14:32

      DW He IS a local. Read the articles. He has a British passport but is an SA Citizen who stays 10ks from the beach and who has been living here for many years. Not to mention which, a large white flag with a pic of a shark on AND having being warned about it several times before make it VERY unlikely (impossible) he didnt know. it is a tragedy, but one that could have been avoided if the man had just listened. A speedy recovery to him

      as.it.is - 2011-09-29 14:34

      @ dw he swam there regulary...even telling the spotters if the shark gets him don't blame shark but blame him.

      E_O - 2011-09-29 14:34

      The oke is in hospital having lost his leg, and may very well lose the other one too. Yes, if he did ignore the warnings then that was very stupid on his part. But I think that losing a limb is a pretty high price to pay for that, and we should all be a bit compassionate.

      pierre - 2011-09-29 14:37

      no he was made aware apparently and chose to ignore. its such a pity - i fully blame the cage diving ops for making these animals used to people

      Darren - 2011-09-29 14:38

      The Tjop moved to Fish Hoek 7 years ago…he knows what swims there…but he ignored it…tata ma chance…taka my leg.

      KD - 2011-09-29 14:43

      Regardless of who's in the right, I find Barry and Melanie extremely callous. Why you try and say something positive, instead of this self-righteous bollocks? A man is in critical condition. He is someone's son, friend.. have a little heart.

      @ - 2011-09-29 14:54

      This guy is lucky yes... But also very VERY selfish... It's fine to say if a shark gets me it's cool... But... What about the safety of those you saved him...? What about the trauma to people on the beach...? What about the trauma to his family and/or friends...? What about the expense of all the boast and the helicopter to save him...? What about the reputation of Fish Hoek and Cape Town as safe holiday destination...? What about the loss of tourism dollars from people who may decide not to come hear now...? Sorry people... this man gets NO sympathy from me... He is an arrogant, selfish PLONKA of note...! He got what he deserved...

      DW - 2011-09-29 15:03

      Ok, I dont troll the news sites. I was unaware of the situation. I have only responded here to the little I have read on the situation. My but you guys jump on someone and flatten them so damn quickly if they dont know as much as you - judgemental much?

      Ingie - 2011-09-29 15:09

      @ COLIN...I DONT SEE WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IN THE ARTICLE, THAT HE STAYS IN SA - UNLESS IT WAS IN ANOTHER REPORT AND NEVER SAW

      Tolerant - 2011-09-29 15:15

      I agree with DW, not all of us can read all the comments all over. Work sometimes interferes with our reading or sometimes it feels the other way around?. Some people even bragged that they have another screen next to theire PC, to watch sport. When do you work guys? Go Bokke!

      Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-29 15:29

      @ Poloyatonki Hope that counts for you as well , Oh wait we wont hear from you again !!

      S - 2011-09-29 15:36

      Couldn't have said it better myself

      ray - 2011-09-29 16:18

      Whether he was stupid or not,he doesn't deserve that. If stupidity was a requirement for such instances,most of our population[including politicians]would be hopping around.

      Janine - 2011-09-29 17:16

      @DW - I gather from news reports that he lives in Cape Town and has been having a daily swim for many years. He was not a visitor.

      PC Pelser - 2011-09-29 17:23

      It took me almost four years to donate 16 units of blood, and this guy gets 14 units one shot. Hope he returns the favor of all those that donated.. IMO you should donate if you can, you never know when you'll need the blood, and there aren't enough blood out there. If he went to a public hospital he would have died because they wouldn't have had enough blood for him..

      Chloe - 2011-09-29 17:33

      Barry M and the like - My G-d you people are judgmental. What is wrong with your minds? So a man swam in the sea. A terrible thing happened to him, people like you almost feel satisfied, sitting back drink in hand, feet up, sighing happily thinking You see! You See, I TOLD you so. It makes me sick to my stomach. And what about the people of have been bitten where they were allowed to swim in the past? He didn't steal or murder someone - he swam in the damn sea, something people have done for thousands of years. Are you just as judgmental when a very experienced surfer gets bitten - they certainly go out where the surf is right for THEM! Would you like the surfing sport to stop because GEE they might be stupid, going out there where they're not allowed to. I feel so very sorry for this guy who lost his leg. Lucky YOU Barry M, there won't be a next time for this poor fellow, you must feel real justified in your thinking.

      Bit-chi - 2011-09-29 19:23

      If you look at the vid and pics there's no flags in that area where he was, which is Clovelly and NOT Fish Hoek beach. It is close to Fish Hoek but NOT Fish Hoek. No matter the seriousness is very sad for both the man and the shark.

      Colin - 2011-09-30 14:53

      No one is being judgmental DW...Unless you mean your response to Barry's comment? I think being judgmental of people falls squarely within the parameters of making a comment about what someone says, and basing your comment on assumptions... Just as you did? Clearly you were interested enough in this to not only read the article, but also the comments. If you have the time and inclination to do that, then you certainly have the opportunity to read other articles which DO contain more information on the "event". And as tragic as it is, your jumping on Barry, (as opposed to people jumping on YOU), without knowing the facts resulted in people, including myself, correcting you. So be an adult, and simply admit that you were incorrect. Its a far better character trait than trying to blame others for your mistakes....

  • saabnut - 2011-09-29 14:17

    Grim. I hope he recovers soon.

      Felix - 2011-09-29 14:53

      Wish you would go for a long swim to seal island Poly.

      Crunchiessss - 2011-09-29 15:00

      I agree with you saabnut. This guy could have died, just reading this article turned my stomach. I would actually want to get his side of the story. This could have been a suicide attempt.

      Ingie - 2011-09-29 15:12

      @Poloyatonki - WHAT A STUPID COMMENT SHARK HAD A SNACK..VERY NICE HOPE ONE DAY ONE OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS DOES NOT HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS..EISH NO BRAINS.. THINK BEFORE YOU TYPE

      Andre - 2011-09-29 16:04

      @Felix, Poloyatonki would poisen the waters same as he poisen these and other comments

  • cathy.10 - 2011-09-29 14:19

    Hooray for shark spotters, thanks for keeping watch.

      chappy - 2011-09-29 14:30

      Not only for keeping watch - one of them also saved his life by using their belt to stop the bleeding. A lot of very amazing people saved this guy's life. Not sure how many people would have had the courage to go into the water to save him while the shark was still there. I have the utmost respect for these selfless people that just happened to be there at the right time.

  • John - 2011-09-29 14:21

    Given the amount of incidents over a period of time it blows my mind that people insist on swimming in that area. The furtherest I go at Fishhoek beach is ankle deep. Is there any reason why they can't put shark nets down in that area?

      wayne2710 - 2011-09-29 14:24

      Shark nets end up killing sharks. This is not ideal - they are needed in the sea - and, after all, it's their turf, not ours.

      chappy - 2011-09-29 14:31

      I've been told that in Durban the majority of sharks in the nets are caught on the beach side of the nets... quite scary.

      Felix - 2011-09-29 14:55

      True Chappy, they come in low on the hunt and return to sea on the surface where the nets happen to be.

      Kathy - 2011-09-29 15:44

      That would be a great idea then they will die out too (LIKE THE REST OF THE ANIMALS IN THE WORLD - WE DO NOT LIKE OR JUST WANT MONEY FOR) considering that is the biggest eating area on the coast (seal Island) how about we cut off some people's food supply and lets see how they will survive. Please remeber we are swimming in their home not the other way round. We do not let people into our homes without a fight and we have savvy - remember this is a wild animal and that is where HE LIVES, EATS AND FOR ALL WE KNOW BREEDS!!!!!!!

      Rittellus - 2011-09-29 16:12

      Putting up nets will only hurt and kill them. Sharks were here first pal! We should just listen to the warning when its given. That way were happy and the sharks are safe!

  • Bearman - 2011-09-29 14:21

    Speedy recovery for him. BUT: is he going to pay for the helicopters and ambulances and the rest of the emergency services bill? He was warned for f's sake!

      ohwhatever@24.com - 2011-09-29 14:30

      It would seem that, since he is at Constantiaberg, he is more than likely covered by a private medical aid. And yes, he was warned, and he ignored the warnings, but this does not take away from the fact that he is in a serious condition. I also agree however, that the sea is the sharks territory, and man must understand the risks they take going into the ocean. This man did, and paid the consequences.

      Bearman - 2011-09-29 14:42

      Absolutely, I wish all the best with his recovery. But we barely have enough money for primary health care. The picture gets bigger if you consider it carefully. My comment wasn't meant to be mean or insensitive.

      alicia - 2011-09-29 15:02

      My very first thought was, that he wanted to commit suicide. Now he has caused so much damage to so many brave people, who could have been killed outright. Once the blood is in the water. What they did to save this man should earn them the most Honorable Medals for Bravery. Thing is that they will never forget yesterday. They need help now. This man has ruined many lives, and those of his family. He has been warned many times.

      OMO - 2011-09-29 15:06

      Bearman, I am in total agreement with you. Like your pic!

      barry.mcbride - 2011-09-29 15:39

      @ ohwhatever@24.com - "This man did", i.e. understand that it's "sharks territory" and the "risks". Surely he didn’t then?

  • Bardy - 2011-09-29 14:22

    I though a human body only has 5 litres of blood in total???

      Natand - 2011-09-29 14:26

      They had to keep filling him up with blood as he was losing it, thats why you can lose more blood than the body can contain, it leaks out. Nasty!

      RamsFan - 2011-09-29 14:27

      Sometimes, after say a shark bite or two, blood comes out of the body. This continues as you pour more in.. just like the overflow on your sink, or bath, for example. I hope this helps.

      Bardy - 2011-09-29 14:36

      I don't understand this? Did the doctors not try and stop or lessen the bleeding first? Geez! 7 Litres is an awful amount of blood!

      RamsFan - 2011-09-29 14:42

      The body needs blood to carry oxygen to the brain and to keep the organs working; they can't not put blood in him just because they'll lose some of it, otherwise there'd be nothing left of the man to save if they waited til everything was stitched and staunched before pumping more blood in.

      Doublepost - 2011-09-29 14:51

      Bardy, Mr Cohen lost loads of blood right after the attack which to a large degree was stemmed by the use of the 'tourniquet', made out of a wetsuit and two belts. However, on arrival, the emergency team had to resuscitate him and transplant blood to stabilize him. Once that was done, they had to operate to save his left leg and properly amputate the right one, which once again opens the wound and thus they would keep having to transplant blood over the course of the operation to keep him stable. And yes, 7 litres is a LOT of blood! I hope that helped.

      Bardy - 2011-09-29 14:54

      Thank you RamsFan and Doublepost. I am feeling a bit faint! LOL! Thank goodness I am not a doctor! Bless them!

      mildlyamused - 2011-09-29 15:31

      This is why people should donate blood...

  • Buic Unix - 2011-09-29 14:38

    LOL

  • Kuppy - 2011-09-29 14:39

    Why don't people want this shark hunted and killed, i think this shark has become a man killer and is the shark responsible for all these shark attacks in the bay area.

      sean - 2011-09-29 14:52

      You my friend are a prime tool ! ! ! ! !

      Karen - 2011-09-29 15:01

      I do not think they know if it is the same shark - apparently it was a juvenile and the Great Whites are protected. We need them in our oceans = they are the "scavengers of the ocean" and if they were not around we would not swim either, due to water pollution. I stand to be corrected but I think their eyesight is poor as well. They bite, realise it is not their normal "food" and let go ? They sure could eat you all up if they wanted to ? Just my opinion x

      InternetMan - 2011-09-29 15:03

      Im with you Kuppy but for news24 readers animals are more important than people. It's strange. I haven't quite figured out why.

      kalabafazi - 2011-09-29 15:19

      @Karen - To clear a couple of things up. Sharks are not scavengers but rather apex predators. Although they will scavenge if the oppertunity arises. Their vision is not poor at all and they can actually see quite well. However in a lot of cases they prefer to hunt in turbid or muddy waters where they rely on sensitive organs in their noses to detect chages in electrical fields or electrical impulses immitted by fish or other potential prey. In most cases humans are attacked "in error" as we are not their natural prey. Surfers lying on boards or swimmers in wetsuits often look like seals in tubid waters which is the favourite prey of great whites.

      Old Man - 2011-09-29 15:25

      Kuppy & InternetMan - that may be because we're swimming in their back yard. The moment the sharks start walking onto the beach to take our young, weak & infirm, we'll start shooting them. Promise!

      alicia - 2011-09-29 15:31

      We are all daily reminded of who was where first. In this case, it is the Sharks territory, and humans should beware and be more careful, and not swim where sharks and seals are around in such close proximity.

      mbube - 2011-09-29 16:41

      Guess who has not been watching Shark month! Educate yourself Kuppy...

      DW - 2011-09-29 16:56

      Kuppy you have watched too many Jaws movies. Educate yourself

  • static - 2011-09-29 14:41

    he may not have been a local but he was fully aware of the warnings as it is not the first time he warned, but he ignored these warnings on previous occassions

  • windweaver - 2011-09-29 14:43

    DW - He lives in Cape Town. If anone is unaware of those warnings then he must be Helen Keller reincarnated!

      DW - 2011-09-29 17:01

      OK windweaver, I got the message. The article said he was a British man (UK man). Nowhere does it say he lives in Cape Town. He could have been a tourist. You obviously read that he lives in Cape Town somewhere else. Some of us actually work during the day and dont spend our whole day on other news sites to get the bigger picture. If News24 didnt report it, I would not know it

  • glenda - 2011-09-29 14:53

    I recovers well despite losing his leg. He's one lucky man! Good on the guys for saving his life, we don't see often these days, though it does happen everyday, it's not publicized. The sea is the Shark's territory, every human stepping into their territory should be aware of the dangers involved. That being said, swimmers and surfers and other sea users make their choices everyday understanding these consequences. We need to respect the dangers of swimming in the sea just like we do climbing on the mountain or driving a car. Don't blame the shark, or the victom. That's why it's called an 'accident' No one knows whether this guy really saw the shark flag or heard the siron, so no one really has the right to judge.

  • Straightdeal - 2011-09-29 14:54

    I wish the guy a speedy recovery, but do think he acted very irresponsibly. The shark nearly also got to the two brave men who risked their lives to pull him out of the water!

  • Stun Gun - 2011-09-29 14:54

    Ngamla, what were you thinking?!?

  • OzzyInSA - 2011-09-29 15:00

    Typical Pom. As a former Lifeguard in Australia, usually people in the water listen and obey our instructions. The usual exceptions are the Poms who think they know better and then have to be rescued when they get caught in a rip or fall off the edge of a sand bank. Making sure they spend most of their time with their head under water while you are bringing them back to sure is a small rebuke but does bring them back to their senses (at least for a while). I have no sympathy for this man. He has learnt (hopefully) the hard way. I hope the shark does not get sick.

      IC1 - 2011-09-29 15:07

      Yep he's got no leg to stand on in this case

  • pragmatism - 2011-09-29 15:01

    once bitten ....

  • Born To Fish - 2011-09-29 15:02

    If you swim in the sea, You are food!

  • Wotaworld - 2011-09-29 15:05

    Tempting fate and ignoring the obvious will get you into huge trouble. Thank God for the Seal that swam in between the 2 rescuers and the shark to distract it. It's amaizing how the natural instinct of a wild seal works to ward off preditors to save not only the same species but anything(man) in trouble as well. Hope the terrible lesson was learnt! It's a miracle that the he(Mr Cohan) survived. Hope he recovers well.

  • Cinderowl - 2011-09-29 15:06

    Oh Kuppy, how sad it is to read your comments. The sea is where Sharks live. It's their territory, we are invading their space regardless of whether it's a swimming beach or not. It's people like you that make conservation necessary.

  • kareno - 2011-09-29 15:06

    Not to be unsympathetic, but if this had listened, none of this would have happened. How many lives could 14 units of blood have saved ?

  • Jacques Coetzee - 2011-09-29 15:09

    According to Skynews he was a British national living in Cape Town for numerous years and a regular swimmer at that beach. He had apparently repeatedly ignored warnings and had told Shark spotters if a Shark bites me blame me not the shark. Maybe he might just think that he was being a total idiot when he looks down and sees he has no legs in future. The utter stupidity of some people begagrs belief.

      Jacques Coetzee - 2011-09-29 15:53

      Well whoever disliked my comment think about this. Man has a family and kids - he didnt think about them, 2 pensioners saved his life by risking theirs, helicopter bills, emergency services and hospital bills (not sure if his insurance company will pay him out when he so obviously ignored all warnings. No that is one seriously egotistical and self centered individual. I mean yes poor guy but this could have been totally avoided. He will regret this day for the rest of his life. Now wouldnt you call that stupidity?

  • Kuppy - 2011-09-29 15:13

    I can't understand why cumming is not band it is common sense that if you through tasty chum next to a human then a shark will remember that that humans are related to there food, for heaven sake sharks have eyes and memories and brains, it is our own fault that we are making these beasts killers and then we wander why the sharks get confused by tasting humans which is not normally on there diet of choice and only after they have bitten off a leg or so realise that they made a mistake and move on because the shark that bit this victim had tasted nice believe me this shark would never have let his prey escape without taking him under water if a shark can catch a seal without letting him escape then what chance would a human have, i think the shark let this victim escape when he realised after biting him that he made a mistake on food source.

      Alan - 2011-09-29 17:15

      That was almost a 200 word sentence! Do you think you can break 200?

      Peregrine Fa - 2011-10-04 18:43

      There are many theories about why sharks sometimes attack people. Some attacking species, such as the Great white shark, may be confusing a human for a seal or other prey animal; this would be typical in the case of an attack against a person swimming or a surfer. The shape of a surfer lying on a board closely resembles a seal from beneath the surface. Also, sharks have sensory organs on their nose to pick up electrical signals, such as those generated by muscles when moving. Often the shark that attacks a human will make only one bite and then go away. This behaviour has many possible explanations, one being that humans don't taste good (or at least, as good), or are lacking the necessary fat, and another being that sharks normally make one swift attack, and then retreat and wait for the victim to die, or exhaust itself, before it comes back to feed. This protects the shark from injury, especially tooth loss,eye damage,from a wounded and aggressive target; however, it also allows humans time to get out of the water and survive. Another theory is that the electrical receptors, which pick up movement, do not pick up the same signals from a wounded human as they would a wounded seal or fish,and so they are more cautious.

  • cavafergie - 2011-09-29 15:13

    Stupid ass ---- lives in CT and still ingnores warnings

      Enigma - 2011-09-29 15:21

      @cavafergie-....and now with already lack of blood at the blood banks, we waste it on ignorant foreign nationals.

  • Sharkie - 2011-09-29 15:18

    shame poor shark - nothing worse than human when you're hoping for a blubbery seal and what not.... or a blue bull...... :)

  • GT - 2011-09-29 15:21

    Well, seeing that he ignored the warning signs... if he wants to sue anyone he won't have a leg to stand on.

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-09-29 15:29

    There should be signs up at EVERY beach explaining what the different flags mean. Not everybody knows what they mean, and we can't expect tourists to just know or to look it up every time they visit. It is very irresponsible of the people in charge, not to have information boards up at all beaches regarding the flags, the sirens etc.

      S - 2011-09-29 15:53

      Whas this guy maby blind???? If you see flags are up at the beach and no one is in the water, then why the hell would you go in???? The flags have pictures on it, you don't have to be South African to understand it - and fyi, he lives in Cape Town.

      Janine - 2011-09-29 17:22

      He wasn't a tourist!

  • brok3news - 2011-09-29 15:39

    Damn fool taking our blood supplies.

      PietPompies - 2011-09-29 16:55

      Next time you might be in a similar situation or worse.So watch your tongue.

      rosiegracebrooks - 2011-09-29 20:41

      Indeed. What a retard.

  • Lee - 2011-09-29 15:41

    The sad thing is that it's fine if you are happy to ignore and go against warnings but you put others in dangour as I can't imagine anyone just standing back and watching. Those poor people that saved him were also in dangour and there could have been terrible consequenes helping him which they kindly did.

  • Andrie - 2011-09-29 15:43

    2 Guys went into the ocean and dragged him out. The guys disappeared when the crowd surrounded Michael Cohen on the beach. ...make your own assumptions!

  • S - 2011-09-29 15:48

    I'm sorry but I don’t feel sorry for this guy at all. If you want to swim in the see WHILE they spotted the shark then you are just plain stupid!!! Now everyone wants to kill the shark and say how bad sharks are - you people are just as stupid as this guy!!!!! Shark nets aren't 100% effective either, and they are killing other wild life in the see like turtles and small animals. We weren't born with fins, so we don’t belong in the see.

  • mary.koster1 - 2011-09-29 15:49

    DW - there is a flag directly in front of the beach where he was taken, I know I live here - The flag was clearly visible from the street and beach

  • Andrie - 2011-09-29 15:55

    2 Starngers ran into the ocean and dragged Michael Cohen out. They vanished when the crowd surrounded Michael. ...make your own assumptions

  • Nkosinathi - 2011-09-29 15:58

    I hope he recover from it ....its a pity that he is left with 1 Leg..shame

  • OZNOB - 2011-09-29 15:59

    WELL he is very fortunate to be alive to say the least thanks to the prompt help from some very brave bystanders and some very profficient medical people though to ignore the warnings and to go swimmings smacks of him having a death wish deluxe .

  • Indlovukazi10 - 2011-09-29 16:04

    ag! shame poor man. Hope he pulls through.

  • FengaPapit - 2011-09-29 16:10

    Maybe he is suicidal and we just dont know that yet, Maybe he went to renew his Beemers motorplan that morning and found it was 34 000, Maybe he discovered that @DW is related to him or maybe his secret life as a Cabaret Dancer was uncovered, and then after all the distress and anguish he decided it was the only solution and went on to swim in shark infested water. I mean this is all speculation at present...

      DW - 2011-09-29 17:09

      And maybe DW just doesnt have the time to troll the overseas news websites to confirm stories and isnt related to him at all - but this is just speculation at present...

      pommie-abroad - 2011-09-29 22:52

      Wow Dw seems you like to play "know it all" as well, only you end up looking like a right knobhead!!! Sorry mate, but looks like you should take care before you shoot others opinions down so quick...some people may have opinions that differ from yours, live with it mate, grow a thicker skin or try and be a little less judgemental!!!

  • CandyGirl - 2011-09-29 16:13

    No shame here.... serves him right!

  • Hilana - 2011-09-29 16:14

    What a fun thread....

      Peregrine Fa - 2011-10-04 11:58

      You hit the nail right on the head.

  • Margaret - 2011-09-29 16:19

    What a tragic event, and so unnecessary. But the callous remarks below really upset me. The man is fighting for his life. He made a mistake, which will change his life for ever. I pray he recovers and overcomes the hurdles ahead. In the old days a shark attack at Fish Hoek (actually it was Clovelly) was almost unheard of. There's got to be a reason why there are more sharks there, or why the sharks have become more bold. I think it might have something to do with cage activities. Fish Hoek, you hold a special place in my heart. I hope that the town manages to overcome this dreadful event.

      Jacques Coetzee - 2011-09-29 16:22

      He didnt make a mistake - he flagrantly ignored warnings - there is a marked difference.

      marlena - 2011-09-30 01:42

      Hi Margaret, you say shark attacks were ALMOST unheard of ... be it at Clovelly or any of the beaches in False Bay. Attacks there are still very infrequent. As an almost golden oldie, i would not even have gone ankle deep into those beautiful waters. They were well known then as the White Shark water. The system they have now, re the spotters, is excellent, but there is always the one that says what the heck. I feel sad for him and wish him a good recovery and maybe his stupidity will be a strong warning to others to heed the beach warnings.

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-09-29 16:37

    The worst part is when you look at the video of the shark that local residents filmed from a hilltop and you see it swimming around - then you think the guy's leg is actually inside that thing. Yech, what a thought. Most Capetonians know surfers or people who swim out there regularly and there is something peculiar about these guys (and girls) in that their relationship with the sea takes precedence over any other emotions - they really do not fear the sharks, reckoning that their odds of being attacked by one are lower than being hit by a car. But there have been quite a few attacks in the last few months.

      woodifer - 2011-09-29 18:06

      i know some surfers and they know the dangers.they love the ocean.its something as a non surfer,i will never know,although i do love the beach and a bit of boating at sea.i think there is more chance of being in a fatal car accident on the way home tonight than being attacked by a shark in false bay tonight.

  • woodifer - 2011-09-29 17:14

    are you sure its not 27 litres news24?

  • woodifer - 2011-09-29 17:20

    he must be kicking himself now...oh wait.

  • James Klum - 2011-09-29 17:26

    In terms of threat, you're still more likely to be shot by SA police than eaten by a shark. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Cops-kill-fewer-people-ICD-20110929

  • andreCT - 2011-09-29 17:36

    It's about time the City Council put up a flag at both ends of the Fish Hoek beach and sorted out the number of days the black flag (no spotter or low visibility) is flown. Those that asked about nets. The Kelp flow on Fish Hoek beach is way to high and would destroy any meaningful net system.

  • Mark - 2011-09-29 18:41

    It is time that the people that get attacked by sharks get taken to court and put behind bars for interfering with them. Why go out and put up nets and try to kill the poor shark when they did not ask you to come into the water when they are around. It is his own fault as the shark spotter saw the shark and had the beach closed. Ignorant people deserve to be attacked by sharks.

      Lukas Bekker - 2011-09-29 19:09

      I know a few surfers. When I ask them if they would go and cycle or walk in Kruger Park, they all say no way! Now I ask myself, what is the difference. Once you jump in the sea, you are part of the food chain. You have to accept that.

  • frankm - 2011-09-29 20:22

    To the elderly gents that went in and saved him. God bless you for your kind deed. You have truly shown your faith in Christ by doing this, and you will be rewarded richly for doing so. The folk you counsel can only benefit from your actions as they will have more trust in your faith from now on. God truly works in amazing ways. God bless you both and may Mr Cohen recover swiftly from his injuries

  • Kate - 2011-09-29 20:28

    Humans have 5-6 lites of blood in them. How does he then need 7 litres? He is already minus a leg. News24, please comment on facts and not fiction.

      trishawebbheywood - 2011-09-29 20:35

      Kate, his blood kept running out through the huge gaping wounds! It takes time to deal with wounds like that. There is a post higher up explaining that.

  • rosiegracebrooks - 2011-09-29 20:37

    Darwin Award. You're doing it right.

  • Blikskottel - 2011-09-29 22:02

    Did they put a black flag in the water to warn the sharks to the presence of humans?

  • Blip - 2011-09-29 23:23

    Well, he is now serving as a clear warning to every other person who pooh-poohs safety warnings. The next one who defiantly swims from a closed beach won't just lose a leg or two.

  • cuba.roger - 2011-09-29 23:29

    His car was at Fish Hoek end but he swam at Clovelly end. My guess is that he was fully aware of the shark warning and that he only swam at Clovelly to avoid shark spotters shouting at him again. In avoiding the shark spotters, he unfortunately encountered the shark... This particular shark attack would never have occurred if there was no such thing as a shark spotter. There have been enough people criticizing Mr Cohen on here already. Point taken. But he had every right to swim. It will be a dark day in our history when that right is taken away from us. And it was a dark day on Wednesday when Mr Cohen felt he had to swim at Clovelly rather than Fish Hoek, because Fish Hoek beach was 'closed'.

      Jacques Coetzee - 2011-09-30 08:41

      Now that has got to be the dumbest statement made in this thread next to Karlas navy bombing the bay comment. So he was actually attacked because the Shark spotters had closed the beach and were harassing him? Yeah damn shark spotters - the shark would never have been interested in him if he had just swam in Fish Hoek itself. Cant believe how insensitive the Shark spotters were at trying to prevent a man from doing what he wants. Pffffft - you my friend are a class a moron.