Fatal shark attack in Western Cape

2012-04-19 13:43

Cape Town – A man was killed by a shark in Kogel Bay in the Western Cape on Thursday.

The NSRI and the SharkSpotters organisation confirmed the incident. However, ER24 said the attack happened at Dappat se gat in Gordon's Bay.

ER24 also said the man was a surfer.

The NSRI’s Craig Lambinon told eNews that there had been a rise in shark activity on the southern coast in the Western Cape.

Police will open an inquest docket, Lambinon said.

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  • Mimi - 2012-04-19 13:48


      Christo - 2012-04-19 13:59

      The SEA is the home of fish, marine life AND Sharks. Intrude at your own risk !!!

      Greg - 2012-04-19 14:01 careful in the water Capetonians!! Regards to the family...

      Piet - 2012-04-19 14:23

      Jip Christo, and once you enter you become part of the food chain!

  • Mark - 2012-04-19 13:51


  • Badger - 2012-04-19 13:52

    "Open A Docket" ??? Can you believe this cr@p ???? This guy died from a shark attack and they want a docket !!!

      Neville - 2012-04-19 13:55

      They must open a docket for every incident

      alayren - 2012-04-19 14:09

      yes, they have to investigate, track down that great white, interrogate it, possibly open up a case of homicide

      Soon - 2012-04-19 14:19

      And take a bribe

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-19 14:26

      It's OK, they'll lose that docket as well...

      simonfishley - 2012-04-19 14:33

      Hey, an MEC called for a probe into what cause lightning a while back so why not an inquest into a shark attack?

      mornay.williams - 2012-04-19 15:00

      Was actually thinking the same thing.They probably want to arrest the shark on murder charges ,lol!

      Colin - 2012-04-19 15:11

      Do they have to take "fin prints"?

      anthony.olivier1 - 2012-04-19 16:22

      have you never seen CSI Miami....I smell a rat...or a Shark.....somethings a little fishy here.....there's a little more to the tail....

      Riad - 2012-04-19 16:30

      They do need to figure out who is the bigger SHARK, the cops or the great money is on our COPS, you can't beat them.....

  • SirSlothXCI - 2012-04-19 13:52

    "a rise in shark activist" - excellent proofreading

  • Henk - 2012-04-19 13:53

    What the hell is a shark activist ?

  • Thoka - 2012-04-19 13:54

    When are this people going to stop playing in the water. RIP Bra. is this due to Shark film???

      Gerhard - 2012-04-19 14:00

      People die in cars. Should everybody stay out of cars? Come on Thoka!! Crap commentr bru!

      gideon.keyser - 2012-04-19 14:40

      we will never stop \playing\ in the water. For some of us surfing is a big part in our lives

      jbrandct - 2012-04-19 15:26

      Thank you Gideon, these people just don't understand the soul and stoke that comes with surfing. You just can't describe it if you don't know it for yourself. And every time this happens there are boatloads of people saying "yeah stay out, their territory blah blah...". Or the infamous old stale joke, "I stay out of their sea, they stay out of my bar". We know the risks already...

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-04-19 15:47

      wow.. stale indeed. go team surfers!

      Jan - 2012-04-19 15:57

      As they say, only a surfer knows the feeling

      daniDK - 2012-04-19 17:59

      these not 'this', and they will never stop. the ocean is our life. and sharks are part of it.

  • reeslt - 2012-04-19 13:54

    It is a high possibility that this is because of the 5 tons of chum that was thrown into the water to lure more sharks in for the new National Geographic documentary being filmed in the false bay area. Chumming should be illegal!!!! Anf the filming should stop immediately!!!!

      Gerhard - 2012-04-19 14:03

      Ageed!!!! Previous incident was also just after chumming took place! Problem is : How do you police it? We cannot even catch murderers and leave it to the fathers of daughters that were murdered to catch the guys. RIP Rider of the waves.

      reeslt - 2012-04-19 14:06

      @Gerhard - Shark Cage Diving is starting to be regulated.... but it needs stricter guidelines! Like no one should be allowed to through chum into the water.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-19 14:30

      Notional Geographic should include a surfer being ripped apart by a Great White in their documentary.

  • Dennis - 2012-04-19 13:54

    its all those idiots and the chumming. it was only a metter of time. we should go out and sink their boats!!!! Shame on the government for letting this happen.

      elaine.swart - 2012-04-19 13:59

      The Ocean belong to the sharks that live there, chumming or no chumming, and anyone who uses their habitat should be aware of the risks.

  • Andrew - 2012-04-19 13:56


      Newsmonger - 2012-04-19 14:05

      Never nice for anyone to get chowed brotha. see exceptions *exceptions: Special mention Malama, sickly Shaiek, Winni "neckless"and the 8 rapists. That is the starting points chum and leave at sea.

  • elaine.swart - 2012-04-19 13:57

    AFAIK there's no beach at Dappad se gat. popular fishing spot though, but you have to climb down the mountain to get close to the water. It's rough wild ocean though.

      Yaseen - 2012-04-20 08:36

      incorrect Elaine, there are steps leading to the spot "Caves" and it is extremely popular during summer, esp. when the SE is howling.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-04-19 13:59

    Isn't it time that the WC authorities put up shark nets in busy surfing & bathing spots? So many attacks lately. RIP dude.

      Samantha - 2012-04-19 14:06

      shark nets kill not only sharks but other sea life as well like dolphins- there was a warning about shark activity in the cape- people dont follow warnings and then want to kill the animal- its their home- trespassers will be eaten! -

  • jen.bader - 2012-04-19 14:00

    The Muizenberg surfing and others in the community were worried about the shark documentary beng filmed in False Bay, using chumm to attract sharks.

      rene.smit2 - 2012-04-19 22:45

      they use chumm to attract sharks in Gansbaai 375 days of the year, 5 times a day

  • Travers - 2012-04-19 14:00


  • rosiegracebrooks - 2012-04-19 14:01

    Wasn't this in Koeel Bay not Kogel Bay?

      Justin - 2012-04-19 14:14

      Same place . . . Kogel is the original spelling.

      rosiegracebrooks - 2012-04-19 14:33

      Ah ok, wasn't sure. Thanks.

  • Sello - 2012-04-19 14:02

    Is there still any safe beach left out there, where one can unwind with family and play with water?

      Peter-Peter - 2012-04-19 14:16

      If you think about it...there are very few (less than 10) fatal shark attacks WORLDWIDE every year...considering the amount of people that go to the beach WORLDWIDE, the chances of being attacked fatally is very very little. You have a couple of million more chance of winning the lottery, than being attacked. Ive been surfing for 16years, ive seen maybe 4 sharks while ive been must remember, you are in THEIR territory, they dont like the taste of humans, and they dont have hands to inspect what they are going for, only teeth... so still go to the beach, just be careful not to swim in murky water close to a river mouth etc

      bluzulu - 2012-04-19 14:19

      Where's Peter-Peter.... Hope that comment regarding him not being scared of anything in the ocean has not come back to bite him....

      Samantha - 2012-04-19 14:21

      very simple- swim in designated areas that are marked off and protected by life guards-

      Peter-Peter - 2012-04-19 14:37 not scared of them...ill rather put my life on the line that stop surfing...its not about being scared, its about being RESPECTFUL to them, and adhering to their ways of life, and understand that they have evolved over millions of years to be the king of the oceans. I really do admire them. You go walk in the bushes in Africa somewhere...chances are that you will be attacked by a lion...same applies to the water. Thats just the way life is.

      daniDK - 2012-04-19 18:06

      go to durban. haha

  • Bokfan - 2012-04-19 14:03

    Dreadful. My condolences to his loved ones.Didnt someone warn just the other day that chumming in the area would increase the risk of attacks. We know its for research purposes but the question stands, is the risk worth it.?

      Peter - 2012-04-19 14:30

      Research? Not quite --- Making a movie for money in the name of research. This Chris (?) fellow makes a bundle out of these "research" projects.

  • Berto En Petra Mostert - 2012-04-19 14:04

    My oupa het altyd gesê: Seewater is nie teewater nie! Dis sád!!

  • Frans - 2012-04-19 14:09

    I have a very good understanding with sharks. I don't go swimming in their ocean and they don't go walking on my land.

  • Ben - 2012-04-19 14:10


  • Matthew - 2012-04-19 14:11

    If anyone can recall there was an article not just a few days ago about a shark research team/documentery crew, that has come down to the western cape to conduct research on the great white shark. There was speculation and debate as to whether the amount of chum they had and are planing on using, was way to much and would draw alot of sharks alot closer than already needed. So,without going into wether its the sharks home,he has a right,or that surfers have a right to go out and surf question and point would be: Has this anything to do with these researchers throwing chum everywhere for the past few days???? Cause then maybe theres some explanation to the docket being opened,in case they think these guys had a part to play =/

      daniDK - 2012-04-19 18:07

      the shark men documentary people should have put out warnings at every beach in the area. thats where the idiots went wrong!

  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-04-19 14:11

    Oh no! RIP

  • Marion - 2012-04-19 14:12

    RIP and sincere condolences to your family and friends.

  • thurlo.cicero - 2012-04-19 14:14

    inquest docket? against who? the shark?

      Piet - 2012-04-19 14:26

      Jip, The Cadres are going to put out a tender for 2 billion to construct a special jail for the offending shark....

      Peter - 2012-04-19 14:32

      I'll take THAT tender!!! Please ?? Pretty please?? I have the perfect spot --- Cathedral on Aliwal Shoal!! Prove it's not been built --- I dare ya ANC --- PROVE it!!! :)

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-19 14:35

      Yup, spending time in the slammer. His cellmate is a killer whale, I hope.

  • steyn.jacobs - 2012-04-19 14:14

    I sommer feel sad. This sucks, can't blame the shark though. RIP surfing bro

  • Eugene - 2012-04-19 14:15

    Bodyboarded there for almost 10 years from School to Varsity and we never had any incidents... terrible news.

  • Martin - 2012-04-19 14:21

    Its the same as getting on a motor cycle.You know the Risks.RIP!

      Soon - 2012-04-19 14:24

      or in a car the same

  • Pieter - 2012-04-19 14:27

    Simple rule of life, ek bly uit die see, die haaie bly uit die bar!!

  • Justin - 2012-04-19 14:30

    sharkmen? coincidence? rip dude.

  • wessel.pieterse - 2012-04-19 14:35

    RIP. Surfed it the other day. Feels a bit unreal. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Mbulelo - 2012-04-19 14:39

    Human beings don't eat shark as part of their diet, but they(sharks) are hell bent on attacking us without any provocation. It is high time that we start turning on them as part of our diet & while we are at that, let's make sure that they become extinct. In that way we and our families can frolick with peace at any sea waters we choose to visit. Enough is enough, the sharks are really a menace to human beings.

      Pulverturm - 2012-04-19 14:49

      I'm going to assume you are actually being serious here. Let me re-educated you if that is at all possible. Every year, world wide, there are 60 shark attacks. Very few of these are fatal. Yet every year, 1000's of sharks are hunted and killed for Shark fin soup. 100's of sharks get caught in nets, simply so you can have the pleasure of swimming in the ocean. Human beings are guests on this planet, however we sure don't act like guests should. One day we might just get shown the door!

      Magdaleen - 2012-04-19 15:03

      Are you for real??Did you say extinct??!!!\r\nThe ocean is their territory not ours....\r\nYour ignorance is shocking...

      Vinola - 2012-04-19 15:13

      I hope you are joking Mbulelo, I have never heard such an outrageous and uneducated statement in my life, the kind of thing you would expect Julius to spout. Maybe go visit an aquarium and talk to the marine biologists and let them teach you a few things about the balance of life in the sea and the importance of every creature that lives in it. Seriously moron, don't comment again unless you have something sensible to say

  • Andries - 2012-04-19 14:51

    thanks to all the shark activists, bored old people, the rich and famous for banning that we catch the sharks. our know all scientists is proven wrong by nature each time they open their mouth.

  • Mark - 2012-04-19 14:53

    Peter-Peter how do you know Sharks dont like the TASTE OF HUMANS??How maney sharks have you asked??I have not seen any interviews with one telling us "WE DON'T LIKE THE TAST OF HUMANS" get real!!!!!!!!!!!

      Liz - 2012-04-19 15:50

      Mark- it is pretty much common knowledge these days that sharks, in fact, do not enjoy the taste of humans. They mistake humans for other marine life (for example a person on a bodyboard may look like a seal from the shark's point of view). So usually they will take a bite to taste. They usually only take off a limb, which is why there are only about 5 fatal shark attacks per year. Feel free to educate yourself before insulting those who offer insightful information.

  • zuksy - 2012-04-19 14:56

    This habit of surfing to the people is realy dangers sometimes, thats why i never even learn to swin because i see nothing can cause me to swim in the sea or in the dam,even when im the sea i only seating on chairs and watch the flow of the waves whenthey are going up and down and fourtnately now im in Jozi and there is no sea, people u must be carefuly the sea is dangerous in many ways even some r drinking liquor and swim, w must stop that.....

      Frans - 2012-04-19 15:28

      Zuksy you say such a lot without saying anything!!

  • nelius.vantonder - 2012-04-19 14:56

    There has to be a relation to these attacks and the Documentary being filmed close to the same area for National Geographic.

  • Abigail - 2012-04-19 15:03

    some of these comments are true but disturbing , a guy just died have some respect!!

  • Brett - 2012-04-19 15:37

    this is a tragedy but to all the uneducated morons moaning about how they wish the ban on white shark hunting would be lifted, we kill over a 100 million sharks worldwide per 12 (or under) human fatalities per year. The statistical chance of even seeing a shark is minimal and having an encounter like this poor guy, you would sooner win the lottery. Condolences to his family.

  • gail.j.neegraham - 2012-04-19 18:23

    This is truly sad. If all surfers, could've watched a survey they done on surfers and shark attack. Most attacks happen to surfers who urinate in their wetsuits, at sea on their surfboard, the chemical traces in the urine attract the sharks, when they are near enough to pick it up from underwater currents. Please Surfers becareful out there......

  • Abigail - 2012-04-19 18:24

    some of these comments are true , but disturbing . have some respect for him.

  • Tony - 2012-04-19 19:00

    What do they expect, giving permits to people to chum and attract sharks. All activities like shark diving and chumming to tag should be prohibited!

  • Jonathan - 2012-04-19 20:45

  • Jessica - 2012-04-19 23:16

    RIP David. You are such a legend

  • gail.joyce2 - 2012-04-20 08:40

    RIP dude. Open an inquest docket? huh? wtf? bad reporting escalating daily. But there was an article a week or 2 ago about Nat Geo (I think) authorised to dump 5 tons of chump on the south coast for a doccie they are filming - timing given was between April and May. The article also said that this could/would probably bring more sharks into the area. Enter at own risk if you want to surf/boogeyboard along that area.

  • Honey - 2012-04-20 10:08

    To the family my condolence, it is so sad! But it is true , I also kite board and will always be in the sea!!! It is always in the back of my mind, but you still do it!!! There is lots of risk every where!!!

  • Christian - 2012-04-20 18:13

    Wrong place at the wrong time,why did they go there without any lifeguards close by,its very sad what happend to him,hope that will be an eye opener for any surfer not to go surfing when there's no lifeguards

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