Surfer 'ripped apart'

2012-04-19 14:22
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Cape Town - A surfer was killed by a massive 4-5m shark near Gordon’s Bay in the Western Cape on Thursday, paramedics.

The surfer, believed to be in his 20s, went out surfing with a group of friends at Dappat se Gat, a surf spot near Gordon’s Bay also known as “Caves”.

However, the NSRI's Craig Lambinon said that the man was a bodyboarder who went out with his brother.

The man had various chest injuries and his body was apparently ripped apart.

The surfer’s leg is still in the water, with members of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) trying to access the rest of the surfer’s corpse.

Lambinon told News24 they saw the surfer’s body when they arrived on the scene.

“People on the coastal side of False Bay must be cautious,” Lambinon warned.
 
Lambinon confirmed that the shark was 4-5m long and is possibly a Great White. He could also only confirm that one shark was involved in the attack. Paramedics said that they believed two sharks were involved.

  • This article has been updated after further information was received about the incident.

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