Plett shark attack victim dies

2011-08-23 12:04

Cape Town - A Plettenberg Bay man died on Tuesday after he was attacked by a shark at Lookout Beach, the National Sea Rescue Institute confirmed to News24.

The NSRI’s Craig Lambinon said that doctors tried for hours to save the man, apparently a surfer.

Speculation is rife that it was a great white shark, but Lambinon said that this could not yet be confirmed.

He said that the NSRI was still speaking to the man's family and would not release the man's name until that has been completed.

The attack happened at 09:11 at the Keurboom's river mouth at Lookout Beach.

According to tweets from witnesses, the man’s leg was badly injured.

The NSRI advised people not to go swimming in the Plettenberg Bay area.

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  • RealDutchman - 2011-08-23 12:06


      Kris* - 2011-08-23 16:09

      Who the "F" would give a thumbs down to RIP... Some ppl are so insensitive.!

      nic - 2011-08-23 22:09

      @Kris*, this is what I hate about forums like this. There are idiots saying shocking things just to get a reaction. The sooner other people realise this and just ignore them, the better. They are probably 12 year old kids who stole daddy's laptop for a few hours. pffft

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-08-23 23:05

      @Kris expect anything from this site

  • LloydSix - 2011-08-23 12:09


      Ryan77 - 2011-08-23 16:57

      @ Kris.. RIP means (rest in peace) you dodo. As for the family, all my condolences.

  • ChrisKhoza - 2011-08-23 12:16

    Regardless of the circumstances of his death, death is never pleasant. Condolences to family and friends. May his soul rest in peace.

      Mannie777 - 2011-08-23 15:08

      Why do people give a thumbs down to these "nice" posts. I'll never understand it. Chris was merely paying his respects to the family he doesnt even know yet people give him a thumbs down?

      Lizzee - 2011-08-23 15:17

      @Mannie777 - that's my question too!!! What's wrong with people?

      BraBob - 2011-08-23 15:23

      I think it's just one ass who has nothing better to do than clicking thumbs down

  • TshepoTheGreat - 2011-08-23 12:17

    rip man but in saying that it is worthwhile mentioning that our world is on dry land and the world of the sharks is in the water.... we enter "their" world at our own peril..... the shark was not wrong here this guy took a chance and that was that.... the shark is innocent is what i'm saying so i hope you lot dont get all shark crazy now and want revenge.... we must protect the sharks!!!

      O-Kay - 2011-08-23 12:23

      Find another opportunity to lecture. This isn't the time or the place!

      Steen - 2011-08-23 12:28

      He might have died doing what he loves the mosT. RIP

      StupidAfrikaner - 2011-08-23 12:48

      A lesson has been learnt...respect water

      Ettienne - 2011-08-23 13:16

      At O-Kay. One understands your sentiments surrounding the incident, but what you seem to forget, is that comments are placed not only to share condolences, but that one learns out of incidents that may take life and may be of warning to others. In saying that, I personally feel your comment was unfair and without reason. But obviously you are also entitled to comment.

      Sit-hole - 2011-08-23 13:25

      Carfull Tshepo. You starting to sound like a human being. For the record, your first thumbs up from me.

      Virginia - 2011-08-23 13:37

      Well said Tshepo, but I do wish the authorities would stop the fisherman throwing their waste back into the sea. A lot of fisher boats are lying out in the water close to the Lookout beach. No revenge, it is the sharks world we must protect them.

      Boxxer - 2011-08-23 14:21

      Well done Tshepo! Couldn't have worded it better myself.

      Barry - 2011-08-23 15:02

      @ TshepoTheGreat Firstly: Don`t refer to us as you lot Secondly: Learn to use caps lock, commas and go for a crash course in EEEEngreesh before you even try to dictate to us. Do you understand.

      Mark - 2011-08-23 15:06

      TshepoTheGreat, You are so much more sensible than your twin TshepoTheMan.

      PunkBuster - 2011-08-23 15:12

      No StupidAfrikaner, respect the sharks...

      Shistirrer - 2011-08-23 15:31

      Tshepo, I never thought the day would come, but you got a thumbs up from me. A BIG one. Now, if you can apply this type of insight to other trains of thought as well, there may still be hope for you... :-)

      EarthBound - 2011-08-23 16:13

      Just ignore Barry. Sour because he got more thumbs down than you. Well said.

      nic - 2011-08-23 22:01

      Firstly, It is tragic indeed. Condolences to the everyone who lost a friend, family member or someone special. Secondly, screw you barry, you're a moron. TshepoTheGreat. *high 5* bud! Sharks are really such beautiful creatures. Just completely misunderstood by most. Tend to agree with other folk that you are not the same person as the other .... hmmm... dunno how to say this .... :)

      drenkeling - 2011-08-23 23:05

      rip BUT........??!!!! You should not say anything else after 'rip'

      grant9 - 2011-08-24 06:57

      I'm a Christian and the bible says man will have dominion over all the beasts of the earth - that includes sharks. Would you also say that the land of southern Africa belongs to the lions, crocodiles and snakes and we have no right to be here?

      ChumScrubber - 2011-08-24 07:14

      And Barry, I guess you are a master of all the other languages in our country, hence the criticism?

  • Sit-hole - 2011-08-23 12:17

    Seems to be alot af shark attacks latly. Mybe best to stay away from water for a lil while. RIP

      Shistirrer - 2011-08-23 15:32

      Done. Only neat Jack for me from now on.

  • Petite - 2011-08-23 12:18

    ag shame...RIP man!

  • O-Kay - 2011-08-23 12:22

    Condolences to his family. :( RIP

  • BAH - 2011-08-23 12:25

    Sad and tragic. RIP "Ek het 'n ooreenkoms met die haaie: Ek swem nie in hulle see nie en hulle drink nie in my kroeg nie"..... I'm too scared of the sea but it is sad for the guys and girls who have a great love for the ocean.

  • BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-23 12:25

    RIP..Unfortunately the risk of a shark attack is always there & being a surfer, you would have understood that. Sincere condolances to those you leave behind. Always sad to lose someone who has a deep love & respect for the ocean.

  • Paul - 2011-08-23 12:29

    The way he went was special and unique. Very sad. RIP

  • george60 - 2011-08-23 12:29

    Best stay out of the water with such funny weather. Its like driving don't drive where you cannot see, same in murky water. RIP.

  • steve.bebington - 2011-08-23 12:31

    Hamba Kahle Temba

  • Viparo - 2011-08-23 12:40

    RIP man. Did it happen at the river mouth? Probably a Raggy then, just guessing.

      AndrewG - 2011-08-23 12:48

      Or a Zambie/Bull shark, they love river mouths. Condolences to the family, a terrible tragedy. I just hope they don't now try hunt down and kill the shark. That he was only bitten in the leg shows it was more a case of mistaken identity by the shark, rather than an attack to eat a human.

      Hugh Mungus - 2011-08-23 12:56

      RIP. Very unfortunate when you consider how much time surfers spend in the water. Bull sharks are not that common this far south and raggie attacks seldom result in fatalities. This was in all likelihood a white shark. The number of seals in the Plett area is on the rise and so naturally are the numbers of their predators.

      Viparo - 2011-08-23 13:20

      Dammit, meant Zambezi

      Oncall - 2011-08-23 15:27

      Bull/Zambezi have been found as far south in Cape St Francis and the biggest tagged one was 4m long and caught inland up the Breede River. sharks in SA commonly feed in River Mouths particularly at dawn & Dusk- look at the Port St Johns attacks, Gonubie etc.

      Shistirrer - 2011-08-23 15:34

      No, raggies are peaceful, as far as I know no recorded attacks on humans. My bet is on a Great White or a bull shark, this was too far west for a Zambezi.

      nic - 2011-08-23 22:55

      I have to agree with AndrewG. Most probably a Zambezi. Some may say that it is a bit far for them but sharks travel.... well

      ChumScrubber - 2011-08-24 07:17

      Raggies don't attack humans - hardly - I'd rate them close to harmless, more likely a Zambezi. The teeth are what make the raggies look scary - but they're actually just grinning at us.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-08-24 07:18

      Sorry, didn't see your correction Viparo - at least it lead to some insight on the matter.

  • Lesley - 2011-08-23 12:44

    WHEN WILL HUMANS LEARN to LISTEN to shark and swimming warnings?

      Lekabisto - 2011-08-23 13:32

      Probably the same day we start listening about driving under the influence of alcohol, and all the other warnings we don't take seriously and still take a chance on.

      Hugh Mungus - 2011-08-24 12:27

      Surfers operate on a different level to your average "human". They are similar to druggies in that they will endanger life and limb to get their fix. If you doubt this ask any surfer, they'll be able to describe their first wave perfectly and the feeling it gave them. Have some sympathy Les at least he passed doing something he loved.

  • Byron - 2011-08-23 12:45

    i just want to mension 1 thing!!keurbooms river mouth!! from growing up is a surfing backround we were told never to swim or surf at river mouth's.however condolenses to the family and may he rest in peace!!

  • GinSA1 - 2011-08-23 12:52

    RIP Tim. Sad, but you were where you were most happy.

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  • EmptyCan - 2011-08-23 13:23

    RIP. Keurbooms River mouth, any river mouth very dangerous. But we do what we do and we accept the risks. If you fly, you accept you can fall, if you race, you accept you can crash, if you dive, you accept you can drown. He did what he loved, he enjoyed what he did, and died doing what he loved. Peace.

  • nomalizo.kato - 2011-08-23 13:27

    poor guy , i feel so sorry 4 the family & friends,we all go that way nomatter how our death come RIP.

  • Biko Lives - 2011-08-23 13:41

    How sure are we that it is a shark that attacked him or are we just speculating and just need a reason to invade the territory of the sharks? Even if it was a shark that did this, as a citizen with rights in this country is has a right to defend itself if it sees that his/her life is in danger! As much as we sympathise with the family of the deceased but this must not be used as an excuse to wipe out the sharks by those with narrow objectives!

      daaivark - 2011-08-23 14:00

      Oh my, Daemos has grown a clone.

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-23 14:03

      Biko...You should get @ least 160 to 170 thumbs up for this one. Many " Shark huggers " out there ! Believe one with a " narrow objective. " Geez. Who knew !

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-23 14:05

      @daaivark, cloning is illegal and sharks get hungry too, we should stay off their dinner plates

  • Joan - 2011-08-23 14:01

    It is time to install shark nets (or whatever suitable device)in the sea on the beaches that are used for bathers as sharks are appearing more often in waters where bathers are and in the most unusual areas. There are also fisherman out there that earn a living from catching fish.

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-23 14:10

      Heaven forbid, you should even suggest that Joan :-) The " Shark huggers " society will be onto you in a flash.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-23 14:04

    I'm amazed at the difference in reaction when a diver gets cowed by a shark and when a taxi driver dies. amazing

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-23 14:04

      I meant chowed, but cowed is funnier

      Johann - 2011-08-23 14:48

      Surfer/diver = own life, taxi driver = many others' lives

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-23 14:57

      @Johann, thanks, that's the attitude I was talking about. The taxi driver is less human than the diver, his life matter less?

      TheBush Catable - 2011-08-23 19:36

      Daemos1...I'd like to see things from your point of view but I can't seem to get my head that far up my ass.

      umhlopo - 2011-08-23 20:37


      Daemos1 - 2011-08-24 10:51

      @TheBush Catable It's ok if you're a racist, it's a free country after all

  • 20twelve - 2011-08-23 14:17

    Swak. RIP.

  • Phelan Wulf - 2011-08-23 14:22

    Condolences to the family. It really is sad. I would look a lot of other places before I start blaming a Great White though. River mouth, mix of salt and fresh water... probly low viz... Not really prime Great White hunting territory now is it.

  • janeaneh - 2011-08-23 14:31

    Ek wil net se ek is baie jammer vir die man se familie. Sterkte !!

  • mike - 2011-08-23 14:39

    Time we kill all the sharks, and the dolphins while we at it. Humans need the extra food reserves from the sea!

      jmsteenkamp - 2011-08-24 10:32 are either wasted or you have a terrible sense of humour. really.

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  • Johann - 2011-08-23 14:46

    Always sad to hear, may he RIP

  • Spartan - 2011-08-23 15:18

    RIP. - Bigger and more dangerous "sharks" on land. - Never surf alone, sharks, especially GW's are opportunists. What a way to go, fact that he's a surfer he'd probably be at peace with it. RIP bro.

  • albert.scherman - 2011-08-23 16:24

    We go to the Keurbooms Lagoon Caravan Park every year and I've got to say I can't remember ever hearing of an attack. Seen loads of sharks, but never heard of an attack. Very sad indeed. RIP.

      mikedek - 2011-08-23 18:20

      The second one in ten years. The first guy had his leg removed but still surfs in Plett. The Keurboom/lookout water is extremely murky at present due to the recent rains. The surfers were promised 9meter swells hence them being out there. The sea is dangerous and will allways be dangerous. More people have drowned through alchohol intake in the area than from shark attacks. just get the stats from the NSRI. forever having to rescue the guys who are under the influence of alchohol. Also the seal population has grown the past few years which has increased the number of sharks in the area.These surfers are there every day enjoying what they love!

  • Peter - 2011-08-23 20:11

    How sad! Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • Mandla - 2011-08-23 21:07

    i have placed a curse on all those who use the thumbs down from now on....

  • Marlon Engledoe - 2011-08-23 21:24

    RIP may God comfort his family and loved ones :-(

  • pitbull - 2011-08-24 06:54

    RIP. Now the "kill the shark" brigade will pitch up and demand to kill all the sharks in the area. It is because of humans depleting the ocean that the sharks are taking to humans for food. Good on the sharks. there should be fewer people in the world.

  • grant9 - 2011-08-24 07:49

    Jacques Cousteau who invented the aqualung and scuba dived in most seas and oceans of the world said that approx 1 in a 1000 sharks is 'rouge' and will attack men if this was not the case, far more people would be attacked. Statistically, very few women are attacked compared to men. The reason put forward for this is that far more men engage in water sports and they spend much longer in the water. My belief though is that women are full of shlt and sharks can sense it.

  • TDK1 - 2011-08-24 08:47

    This is so scary. I can imagine the painful bite. RIP.

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