'I tried to save my brother from shark'

2012-04-20 09:10

Cape Town - The younger brother of the man who died after he was attacked by a shark while bodyboarding at Kogel Bay, said he did everything he could to help his brother.

David Lillienfield, 20, was killed after a shark ripped off his leg and he lost a vast amount of blood.

Eyewitness News reported that his brother Gustav, 18, was bodyboarding nearby with a friend and saw the shark attack his brother.

He grabbed hold of his brother and swam with him to the rocks but his brother’s injuries were too severe.

The traumatised brother was seen with friends at the scene on Thursday afternoon.

He was extremely emotional and supported by friends as well as his father, Dirk.

According to the Cape Times, Dirk Lillienfield, a medical practitioner, told the media at the scene that "David was a Springbok bodyboarder. This was his life and he died doing what he loved."
The South African Bodyboarding Association said Lilienfeld's death was a major blow to the sport.

“It’s a humongous loss to South African Bodyboarding. He was a well mannered boy and did his best for South African Bodyboarding. He represented South Africa at the world games in November,” Saba vice chairperson Pat Harris told Eyewitness News.

  • Gareth - 2012-04-20 09:14

    RIP..... Ride the waves to Heaven.

      Rob - 2012-04-20 09:59

      The compassion for your fellow countryman is just flowing from your comment eh Cosmos.

      Gareth - 2012-04-20 10:26

      To all the F&*(%%%& who thumbs down a message of compassion to someone who lost their life, Go F*&%$ yourselves

      Justin - 2012-04-20 10:42

      @ Rob - you're pathetic

      rbphiri - 2012-04-20 11:13

      @ cosmos.ndebele that is really insensitive.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-04-20 11:18

      RPhiri what ar u referring to?

      Rob - 2012-04-20 12:26

      Yes ok Cosmos. I actually deleted the comment...." Anger Management. "

      bluzulu - 2012-04-20 13:18

      Cosmos was eluding to the fact that the deceased and many others that enjoy the Sharks environment are aware of the inherent dangers involved. Just a friendly reassurance that others are made aware of the danger. I dink hierdie young Man deserves a salute for his undying love for his society by fulfilling his personal responsibility to his Brothers and Sisters ,lest we forget. Well done Cos,You are a true South African.

      Rob - 2012-04-20 14:24

      BLUZULU.....I would like to take you surfing. We will start off @ Dungeons & work our way down from there. Cosmos welcome too !

      bluzulu - 2012-04-20 14:35

      I have no time for these activities, I spend my free time doing volunteer work, thanks for the invite.....I think.

      Rob - 2012-04-20 14:42

      Nation building Blu. I like to hang with you & Cosmos & take you out to one of our premier surfing spots & show you the ropes re a little recreational surfing. Judging by both of your comments, you seem a little afraid of the ocean. Not good. I want to get you both out of that negative mindset.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-20 14:47

      All for that Rob. Spend some time with me taking disadvantaged kids to the dance studio on Sundays. Give them Lunch on the Beach and games after that. Believe me you will be better fulfilled as a Human Being that riding waves.

      Rob - 2012-04-20 14:50

      Well in all seriousness now. Good for you Blu. Well done.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-20 15:05

      Rob,looking forward to Sunday when I am not around?

      Rob - 2012-04-20 15:16

      Blu...Well yes, if you take JJ, Cris & Cosmos with you. It's open season !

      marilynjv - 2012-04-20 15:46

      Stunning message!

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-20 18:06

      @bluzulu - eluding or alluding? You are a halfwit trying to act intelligent, you a fool man; This is proved by all the thumbdowns all over these forums. Everybody always dislikes what you have to say, so why don't you please stop commenting - cant you see you hated here or is this time to shine as a troll? Clearly there is no volunteer work at the moment (which again sounds like a porky pie). And take that twat cosmos with you.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-20 18:45

      @YELLOW_BELLIED_NAIDOO - thats right because you dont have an answer, you have suddenly realised what a stuff-up you have made, not knowing the meaning of words you use, and trust me this happens the alternative to capitalism - that you could not answer this morning. You must really feel like a loser...... I am hardly mentally challenged my friend, we both know that, as that leaves your intellect much to be desired. You a maritime expert who is doesnt know the difference between the two words I mentioned above. Frog and off come to mind, you a fraud. All that and you cant even spell my name right, or do you fancy yourself as a comedian - have you also got a red dot between your eyes? you know what thats for dont you?

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-20 18:55

      I am not your mate. Another juvenile little comment to try to liven up the crowd. So what is spouting then?

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-20 18:56

      You a Bull duster, you never speak the truth and everybody knows it. Then again when I see your surname, you known for it.......

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-20 19:24

      That's damn right i will never be your mate; or are your trying to be a naidoo in new zealand? No anger, just loads more exposing you and your lies. I love catching people out that try to act intelligent without earning it. Then proceed to make out that they live the perfect life, when we all know its another lie. FYI - nobody ever calls themselves an expert, you are called an expert by 3rd parties. If you were an expert you would know that protocol...."If you were" is the operative part of the sentence......

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-20 20:12

      For an expert you seem to have a very limited vocabulary. Rhetoric seems to crop up in every alternate comment of yours. That word that you are using is used out of context, for the 3rd time i am telling you! What does "my friend" say in the urban dictionary? (if you know what that is) Same as you calling me mate....are we really mates or is it hypothetical? or are you just too plain thick to see that. My point is with you, that you have nothing constructive to say, and it seems that the thumbsdown will back that up. You spend the day trolling these forums causing troubling. I just want you to leave. If you are demographically out voted here, doesnt that tell you to go to your own kind? Is there not a naidoo24? (or zulu24 for cosmos) Surely your kind are clever enough to start their own thing, or not?

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-20 20:26

      Apologies for getting into a protracted argument with this retard. I would rather have you see a mark of respect for David here. This should rather have been a wall of condolences only, but unfortunately we cant choose who comments here. My sincere condolences to the family and especially his younger brother, having to endure the trauma. I really hope his family find peace with themselves. RIP David.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-21 09:00

      Actually, you must have reported them because the truth hurt, it must have rattled you. I think it was that one that hit home the most, hey cane cutter? So the first thing you do is complain when you cornered, typical curry muncher tactic. So halfwit, you still haven't explained the difference between the two words........

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-21 09:37

      Curry muncher, I am not happy with these slow responses. You are epic failing at answering the questions that are presented to you. If you are up for an argument I suggest to pick up your game a bit, you seem to be losing, in my mind. Are you struggling to type there?

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-21 09:51

      "Means NATA coming from you," That is actually naDa! That is just to reiterate my point how illiterate you are. >> absolutely right we are dark and evil not hiding that fact at all, especially hate your type. When your follow ANC behave like they do - rape, plunder, murder, etc - you begin to understand why we are the way we are. We were up for change back in 1994, but the snakes you are haven't kept your end of the deal. Maybe you should have a PARADIGM shift to understand fool. "We don't want to infect the next generation with outdated ideologies." Yes we do, absolutely we do. We have to warn them that 1 out of 3 blacks will end up in prison, for either theft, rape, murder, etc Dont be a statistic, Fore warned is fore armed Unfortunately, i would like to call you some other things, but the comment will just get bounced....but i think we know what those are.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-21 09:56

      I get a little notification every time you put a un-profound message. Just responding as they come, but unfortunately they every 15 minutes. Mainly because the right honourable, is a bit brain handicapped and cannot respond quick enough.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-21 09:59

      "I personally think we are making progress here." That is the motto of every ANC leader and it's brainless followers.....

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-21 10:06

      Where have you gone? I was just getting warmed up, I have loads more to say. I am getting bored now...... these slow responses are just not good enough for an expert....

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-21 10:15

      Okay I have to go now.... i will give you all day to have your say here... I do expect you to answer the questions that i have asked you...starting from the this is not a jingle fool! I will definitely respond on my return. I really got excited when you called me "Gestapo" that means you initiated the race issue, which proves what I have been going on about. That means I have a retaliation ticket now, please dont moan when you get it back both barrels. Just like you, i have loads of race cards i can pull. You want an argument, you have found one. from your Evil Gestapo nemesis - bwhaha, bwhaha, bwhaha, etc, etc

  • Newsmonger - 2012-04-20 09:19

    Gustav, you tried man and what is important now is for you to try and keep your head above water. Such a tradegy no one deserves to go out like that. I hope that you and the family will pull together and keep each other strong...times ahead will be tough but I am sure you will prevail.Know that he loved you and you did all you could for him. RIP

      rbphiri - 2012-04-20 11:17

      You know there are sadistic animals amongst us, for one to even consider thumbing down a positive comment really shows how inhumane they are, and i thought most heartless people existed in parliament, but clearly im wrong. Rather take that thumb and sit on it.

  • John - 2012-04-20 09:29

    He is a very brave young man. I'm no expert on Great White Sharks but my understanding is they have minuscule brains and will feed on anything if there are no fish around. In essence they are predators and probably the meanest of predators living in the oceans. I don't think they are selective about what they eat and if there are no fish around they will go for the next best thing. It is called survival. The theory that the oceans are being fished out makes more sense than most arguments. No fish = everything else is fair game. The only way we will find out is to stop the chumming. I feel dreadfully sorry for the lad to have his life taken in such a brutal way at such a young age & the devastation his family have to endure all the days of their lives. I personally do not like these creatures and would not shed a tear were this shark killed.

      Keighley-Ann - 2012-04-20 09:47

      You said it yourself..."I'm no expert" don't talk science when you don't know what you're talking about! The fact that you've put an emotional bearing on your view "I personally do not like these creatures" is no surprise and leaves nothing to the imagination. People need to understand wildlife and appreciate their natural environments...sharks, especially Great Whites, are a huge contributor to human sciences and the conservation of the oceans. In the ocean, we are not the apex predator when it's a one on one scenario...I'm pretty sure that any surfer will tell you that they are humbled by the sea and it's creatures and respect that their playground is the natural environment of many was his choice to go into the water, it's not his or the sharks fault...just a natural accident!

      James - 2012-04-20 10:29


      stef.terblanche - 2012-04-20 10:33

      Keighley-Ann, no-one is blaming the shark. But probably more than a "natural accident" is was a "accident" facilitated by allowing chumming in our waters. I wonder how much you know of and understand wildlife beyond your laptop and the internet - like so many of the bleeding heart "environmentalists" around - but I am a diver and spend time underwater and I can tell you firsthand of the impacts of human intervention.

      Keighley-Ann - 2012-04-20 10:42

      Erm...Stef...I'm active and not one of these folk who hides behind her computer...I'm doing multiple things for conservation of our animals beyond my desk! You shouldn't be so quick to point the finger of blame without the facts. Yes, I know that the National Geographic team have more than likely contributed to the likelihood of why the shark attack took place, however it doesn't excuse what people are saying about sharks and yes, some people are blaming the shark itself rather than researching and understanding the possible reasons behind the attack - maybe you should do your research? John, is obviously one of these people who someone like you should be educating...with your first hand experience underwater, perhaps you could enlighten him on how amazing the Great White shark species is.

      Melissa - 2012-04-20 10:51

      I think we can count our lucky stars your no scientist, its really pretty simple. The Ocean is The Great White Sharks home, you arent confined to certain parts of your home are you? I doubt why should they be...they dont know where they are and arent suppose to go, its not like they were alloctaed certain areas to roam when they were created. Unfortunately when we step into the ocean we are intruding in their space and anything can happen, like the above comment I would agree that any surfer/boadyboarder etc. appreciates the ocean and ALL that comes with it...its a risk you take unfortunately to do what you love....but it is in no way the sharks fault...that is his territory not ours and it never will be...and honestly i dont know how you can comment on the size of the sharks brain just by some silly observations you are way out of your depth with that comment.

      Shaun - 2012-04-20 11:25

      Even the experts don't know too much about these often misunderstood creatures. They do perform a valuable function in their territories and they should be respected, and we should keep in mind that humans kill around 100 million sharks every year. They evolved on this earth just like us and deserve their place here. As a surfer I view this as a tragic incident at one of the most pristine and beautiful beaches in the Cape and I think we require much needed research on the effect of chumming on their behaviour. I am personally against chumming for shark cage diving but in truth their are probably hundreds of human induced impacts that affect their behaviour.

      colinvandongen - 2012-04-21 23:07

      Hey John We created a show a couple of months ago relating to the effects of chumming on protea banks on the south coast. I have surfed in this area my whole life and I was shocked how "FULL" the area was with zambezi sharks. Fisherman can't even bring their catch onto the boat without them getting taken out. After the documentary was released they have since banned all chumming in the area > Towards >> " Fisherman " and " Divers " and apparently the numbers have dropped significantly. This isn't natural, and Great Whites are the last to blame. The killing of seals up the Western Cape also is a contributing factor affecting the food chain, as some of the fishermen in this area believe the seals are killing off their catch. Great Whites I believe are incredibly intelligent, and are the ultimate predator. I believe they are referencing humans to cage diving and the chumming, and I believe it goes hand in hand. As a result of this all chummers in South Africa should be radically fined and receive potential manslaughter chargers if their are attacks in the area they are chumming. We had a paddle out for Dave this morning at North Beach, which reunited loads of friends and we shared and gave respects. We all send our regards to his family in this tragic time. Like his Dad said, Bodyboarding was everything to him and I believe he did doing what he loved. Any of us wouldn't have done it any other way.

  • Target - 2012-04-20 09:35

    RIP David...My thoughts are with the Family and Friends.

  • Debra - 2012-04-20 09:35

    RIP--my sincere condolences to the family

  • Target - 2012-04-20 09:37

    RIP David.....My Prayers are with the Family and Friends.

  • Jaco - 2012-04-20 09:39

    RIP !!! My condolences to the family may you find peace in the knowledge that he is in a better place now. Ride those perfect waves in heaven brother!!!!!!

  • Siphiwo - 2012-04-20 10:01

    Sad loss of young life.RIP David, may God, comfort the Family.

  • Andy - 2012-04-20 10:08

    Kill the sharks! fish stocks multiply, mankind eats, mankind survives.I go back in the water. Where's the down side!

      James - 2012-04-20 10:30

      You joking right?

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-04-20 10:13

    Yesterday news24 said the shark ripped him apart like into two halves. Today his his leg was ripped off. News24 is a tabloid always looking for hits argh man no wonder our country is in such a mess. News24 = lies lies lies always lying just like the anc fatcats.

      shireen.abbas - 2012-04-20 20:46

      Then when you read an article be sure nt to let your over active imagination complete the story for you !that's your own take on what you have read that you commenting on nt what actually is in the article ! BTW PLZ dnt make this story and comments an platform for your political view either ! Its nt the place !

  • Erika - 2012-04-20 10:28

    So so tragic and sad. My heart just breaks for them. Sincerest condolences.

  • Lillian - 2012-04-20 10:29

    Sad story indeed,what else can be said?Only may his soul rest in eternal peace

  • Melissa - 2012-04-20 10:29

    I really feel for David's brother...I cant imagine what it must feel like to watch any family member lose their life so violently.I really hope David's brother can find some peace with this and know that his brother is in a good place and his last moments were spent doing what he really loved.

  • shirley.botes1 - 2012-04-20 10:30

    My condolences to the family, he died doing what he loved.

  • Sewela Marcia Rapudubudu - 2012-04-20 10:31

    This is too bad R.I.P David

  • sabongam - 2012-04-20 10:33

    A sad loss to such a young life...This is not just a loss to his family but to SA and the sport of bodyboarding. RIP David Lillienfield...@ Cosmos if you have no sympathy why don't you just shut your trap?

  • Jabu - 2012-04-20 10:39

    Terminator 3, rise of the machines.

      shireen.abbas - 2012-04-20 20:38

      Stop walking around in day time in your pajamas OK ! Damn inconsiderate !

  • Tracey - 2012-04-20 10:41

    very sad rest in peace david :-(

  • Jane - 2012-04-20 10:49

    @ Andy, seriously kill the sharks, you start drinking so early in the day? Sharks are apex predators, if they disappear the entire food chain is out of balance which will have a huge problem for humans, large fish which the sharks eat will overbreed and end up eating all the smaller fish which means less fish for us, read a book sometime, you might learn something.

      Heiku - 2012-04-20 17:08

      LOL Have you submitted your paper on the "large fish eating small fish" food shortage theory to anyone yet? I'm interested.

      shireen.abbas - 2012-04-20 20:30

      @heiko lmao !!!! @ jane , thou its true what you saying about not killing off the sharks as this is not the answer either but I believe the shark that attacked and killed. A human should be found and killed as it will attack and kill again ! No animal however unique it might be should have rights higher than a human life !

  • Kevin - 2012-04-20 10:50

    Our hearts and thoughts go out to David and his family...from the surfers and bodyboarders on the South Coast (Warner Beach)

  • Anwin - 2012-04-20 10:53

    It is very sad to hear about this tragic death and I hope that the brother will be strong because to see how your family member die infront of you, that image will always be with you. I know!

  • Bianca - 2012-04-20 10:54

    So sad :(

  • Shannon - 2012-04-20 10:58

    Please everyone, ignore the thumbs downs, it is just some bored, heartless, uncomapssionate trolls trying to get reactions out of people who really and honestly do give a sh*t about this poor family and their tragic loss. They crave the responses they get. It just fuels their sick little fires. Sincerest condolences to the family at this sad time.

  • Amanda - 2012-04-20 11:08

    yes shame rest in peace DAVID. SO a pitty what happened.Bad accident.RIP

      shireen.abbas - 2012-04-20 20:35

      Accident ? I think NOT ! No predator kills by \accident \

  • Bob - 2012-04-20 11:20

    Condolences to the family, this is a sad event. Cage Diving is like a huge food billboard advertisement for sharks. Where cage diving is taking place, sharks are drawn by the scent of chum and in the same vicinity they see a number of human forms, albeit in cages, but still human forms. They therefore establish an association and instinct with humans being food, this possibly brought about by their association with the chum/cage diving experience. Why has the shark attacks on humans increased proportionately to the amount and time chumming and cage diving has been in existence and in similar locations! Sharks will be sharks and attack indiscriminately, sure, but lately their pattern of attacks is not the same as a few years back.

      Thembi - 2012-04-20 12:35

      Thank you Bob for explaining to us.May God give this family strength to accept what they can't change.may his soul rest in peace.we hear he was well behaved.why do bad things happen to good people? We need such people in the society.

      Heiku - 2012-04-20 17:09

      Did you take human population increase into account?

      shireen.abbas - 2012-04-20 20:20

      On all counts I agree with you 100%bob , these are dangerous predators to start with and with man now drawing them closer with chumming and baiting them closer to boats and humans this is the results we are seeing more and more each day , its stupid for people nt to see the link between it !

  • Zaid - 2012-04-20 11:29

    Condolences to the family, wish them all the best in this sad time.

  • Rifkar Ramovha - 2012-04-20 12:12

    Really in perfect peace brother.

  • Michelle - 2012-04-20 12:29

    I feel that the permit-issuers have the responsibility to ensure that beaches are declared dangerous or closed for swimming when "unusual" chumming is authorised. A very difficult thing to police, but at least the public would be informed. Not sure if there was such a warning? RIP David. Condolences to your family and friends.

  • Du Mabaso - 2012-04-20 12:44

    So sad RIP boy

  • thequinns - 2012-04-20 13:28

    Chumming is continuing in the Cape waters. The people who are Chumming in those waters should be held as partly responsible for this tragedy, by Chumming they are attracting these sharks to the area.

  • Nicole - 2012-04-20 14:17

    Shame :(

  • clinton.evangelides - 2012-04-20 14:17

    Sorry for your Great loss! My condolences to all!

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  • moyas2 - 2012-04-20 19:37

    This is absolutely heart breaking, to Gustav, you are a hero for trying to help your brother in a very dangerous situation. To the entire family my heartfelt sympathy, may God give you strength and comfort. RIP buddy, you died loving life.

  • moyas2 - 2012-04-20 19:37

    This is absolutely heart breaking, to Gustav, you are a hero for trying to help your brother in a very dangerous situation. To the entire family my heartfelt sympathy, may God give you strength and comfort. RIP buddy, you died loving life.

  • Mabandla - 2012-04-21 12:03

    Wow, a kid dies after a shark attack, and people take that as an oppurtunity to trade insults on the internet. How proud all their mothers must be.

  • Pierre - 2012-04-21 15:17

    RIP David, Bluzulu and Gestoffel - You too are a pair of immature childish pricks. people come here to pay respoects and you get involved in some sort of childish rant!!!! poor excuses for human beings if you ask me. Gestoffel - If you cant understand other cultures and accept that this country is here for all of us no matter what colour or culture you are better of immigrating and living with your other racists backward compatriots who have done the same. Run you little idiot

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