Paddle-out at Camps Bay for body boarder

2012-04-21 15:30

Cape Town - A memorial service is under way at Camps Bay beach on Saturday for a body boarder who was killed by a shark.

A group of surfers are undertaking a paddle-out in memory of 20-year-old David Lilienfeld, said eyewitness to the attack, Matt Marais.

Lilienfeld died on Thursday in Kogel Bay.

He was in the water with his younger brother when a shark, estimated at between four and five metres, attacked him.

"What was supposed to be a fun day at the beach turned out to be any surfer's worst nightmare and it happened in minutes, in front of my eyes," Marais said at the time.

Lilienfeld had been lying on his body board waiting for a wave to surf when a dorsal fin appeared.

After the attack the Department of Environmental Affairs cancelled a research permit for the filming of sharks.

  • Jan Boer - 2012-04-21 15:46

    Yes Shireen, that's how we pay our respect when we lose one of our's been like this forever! R.I.P David.

  • Gert - 2012-04-21 15:57

    \What was supposed to be a fun day\ are you kidding me!on a great white shark's domain,lesson learnt though.

      elewies - 2012-04-21 17:45

      Will this logic apply one day when you die in a car accident?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-21 20:48

      Maybe the sea is actually safer - no blue light brigades there ...

      Monster Monti - 2012-04-23 08:18

      Gert die boere Perd you are disgusting

  • Shirley - 2012-04-21 16:17

    R.I.P. David Lilienfeld. I hope his family can now begin to heal. Heartfelt condolences.

      Nayrb - 2012-04-22 01:32

      Finally a positive and sincere comment, I echo your comment and the paddle out is a fantastic showing of respect.

  • Buy A Hat - 2012-04-21 17:17

    You two childish

      Inja - 2012-04-21 17:42

      You too I think

  • Buy A Hat - 2012-04-21 17:18

    You two are childish

  • kelvin.strachan - 2012-04-21 19:39

    Um? I might be being silly here, but "a paddle out"???????? Isn't that where the sharks are???? Wouldn't it be safer to have a walk on the beach?

  • deon.meyer13 - 2012-04-21 20:19

    wow. some people are just to stupid. @ Shireen.abbas. REALLY??

      Adil Smit - 2012-04-21 21:44

      Shireen, it was very respectful and today's service was something that will give his family and close friends strength and hope for the road ahead. And it brought some kindness and gentleness to them, seeing so many people there that cared for their son and brother. Life is so precious. Makes you realise again to LIVE your life.

      shireen.abbas - 2012-04-21 21:58

      @ adil what you are saying is my own take on this aswell , this I do nt argue , I saw the ceremony and it was absolutely beautiful and heart sore aswell , my comment. Was put out there in the nature of being worried of the risk to all those people only never to put anyone down as it is always on these forums carried out of context.

      goldwright - 2012-04-21 22:37

      Shireen, do you have a split personality? On one hand you voice your opinion very strongly, (as in the beginnning of the comments thread) without much apparent respect, then say some nasty stuff & call people some pretty insulting names when they challenge you, but on the other hand you talk about being very heartsore and worried sick. Your comments are not being taken out of context, people have simply reacted and rightly so, towards your insensitivity here.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-21 21:36

    Today's paddle-out was a way to celebrate his life and bring some hope and kindness to his family. He was only 20 and touched so many people . ( If you are unable to show compassion, maybe find a forum that accommodate your views)

      shireen.abbas - 2012-04-21 21:47

      All true what you are saying , thou I must add that's why these type of forums was created so people can express their different views.

      goldwright - 2012-04-21 22:21

      Shireen, I suppose you believe that expressing different views also includes insulting people as much as you can when they tell you off - the truth hurts hey.

      goldwright - 2012-04-21 22:52

      No one among the comments from THIS particular article, has insulted your dead parents, Shireen, as far as I can see. THIS article is about a memorial service for one young man - not for you to try and further your own personal issues with others.

  • Grant Henry - 2012-04-22 08:31

    My heart goes out to the family and friends of this guy.

  • Metallic - 2012-04-22 08:34

    I didn't know the guy but may his soul rest in peace I'm out

  • sumari.brandellis - 2012-04-22 09:37

    WHY MUST EVERYTHING BE ABOUT RACE. DOES NOT MATTER THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN... A LIFE WAS LOST, IT IS TERRIBLE AND SAD, MY HAERT GO'S OUT TO EACH AND EVERY PERSON WHO HAS LOST A LOVED ONE. (again I am asking myself,"what future does my children have in this stunning country of ours?")

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