Shark attack: Samaritans tell of terror

2011-09-28 23:18

Cape Town - Two men in their sixties who rescued a shark victim at Fish Hoek on Wednesday, told how they braved the blood-clouded water to bring him to safety.

Douglas Drysdale, 61, from Glencairn Heights, and Hugh Till, 66, from Fish Hoek were on their way home from Pollsmoor Prison, where they are voluntary spiritual guidance counsellors.

The two men, who were in one car, normally look out for whales as they round Clovelly Corner, said the NSRI's Craig Lambinon.

On Wednesday they saw a man, later identified as Michael Cohen, 43, swimming about 25m out to sea in the direction of Fish Hoek.

Then there was a dark shape, heading directly at him.

As the dark shape grew closer to the swimmer the two men realised it was a shark.

Drysdale and Till tried to warn the man, but they were too late, said Lambinon. He'd already been bitten by the shark and was struggling in the water, blood gushing from the wounds..

Human chain

Lambinon says the men kicked off their shoes and waded through the surf to reach the injured swimmer. Douglas had called the emergency services before plunging into the water.

When they reached the swimmer, Hugh grabbed him by the hand while Douglas pulled Hugh, dragging them both to shore.

Bystanders then started screaming at the men that the shark was now headed towards them.

It was about 10m away. Their luck held when a seal appeared and swam between the men and the shark.

As the men reached the beach one of the shark spotters immediately tied his belt around the stump of Cohen's severed right leg as a tourniquet.

The two men kept reassuring the victim as he waited for paramedics to arrive.

  • MK007 - 2011-09-28 23:26

    i am crying at this moment...

      Bob - 2011-09-29 00:39

      Incredibly emotional indeed - these men are true heroes. Thank you Douglas and Hugh.

      Spanker - 2011-09-29 06:45

      Go go old school!!!!! Awesome!

      Marx - 2011-09-29 07:24

      Truely inspirational stuff, these guys should be honoured. SA may have it's problems, but this shows what can be done if your not selfish.

      Rolie - 2011-09-29 07:35

      I hope these brave gentlemen will receive some sort of award for their courage.

      BonQuisha - 2011-09-29 07:37

      Crying for what? Yes, they did a good thing but please... crying?

      McDaNife - 2011-09-29 07:42

      What heroes and their own lives came in danger. This is a bravery award indeed.

      Mallyg - 2011-09-29 07:45

      @CLOSED. Some people have genuine heartfelt warmth towards the good and unselfish deeds done by others to those in desperate need. To harshly judge the unbridled emotions of those that care deeply, is likened to that of a "closed" book. Try words of kindness, they will inspire not only the one you uplift, but you yourself - try it! - 2011-09-29 09:20

      CLOSED AND SUM... nope, you got it wrong. Unfortunately its people like you that dont have any compassion therefore probably go around hurting other peoples feelings. This was an inspiring story of how two older gentlemen risked their own lives for another - now thats a TRUE HERO

      LiciousDee - 2011-09-29 09:34

      Wow!! in S.A. there's still people willing to risk their lives for another human being? wow!! well done to the old timers....we are a blessed nation to have you in this country. 2 is better than none. Well done and speedy recovery to the guy.

      Chief Kok - 2011-09-29 09:46

      That was not luck. That was God intervention.

      bonny - 2011-09-29 09:55

      @Chief Kok..yes She really appeared at the right moment.

      tigertank - 2011-09-29 10:12

      To non-believers & believers, PLEASE READ - Douglas Drysdale and Hugh Till are committed Christians, serving with Hope Prison Ministries. This is a Christian outreach programme. I know both men (and am related to one). Trust me when I assure you that they would have prayed to God through Christ. And it was God who sent the seal, not 'fate', 'chance', 'fortune' or 'luck'. It is not far removed from the article to state these things, because these are the facts. You might not believe it, but those who were there know and experienced God's grace that day. They acted out of love, and prepared to lay down their lives for another as Christ taught them. You must at least respect the fact of their faith in action (and it's supreme relevance to the story), even if you do not believe as they do. By the way, I just phoned one of them and he is back at the prison ministry already, serving once again. It may sound like a paradox, but I am both proud and humbled to know these men. And I live and testify without shame to the grace of Christ Jesus who accomplished great things for His name through them.

      Chief Kok - 2011-09-29 10:18

      @Bonny: Who is "she"?

      Chief Kok - 2011-09-29 10:19

      @Tigertank: Totally agree with you. I am born-again Christian aswell and experienced so many miracles over the years. That's why I can boldly say: That was God intervention.

      Ramelato - 2011-09-29 10:52

      What do they want in the sea? That is trespassing and sharks don't like uninvited guests. Human beings must come to realise that we are food to sharks. This sounds more like suicide to me and he almost took along poor senior citizens. What a shame.. Remain on your dry land and live the sea.

      Tgif - 2011-09-29 11:52

      Closed selfish mind !!!! you would not even begin to know how much guts this took .From the guys that waded in to pull him out the watre to the guy that strapped the belt on his leg so that he would not bleed to death in 2 minutes. CLOSED SELFISH STUPID MIND !!!!!!!!!!!!

      Shukran - 2011-09-29 11:52

      If god intervened why did she wait until the shark had noshed the poor sod's leg?

      Gina - 2011-09-29 12:13

      People like "Closed" do not know the word compassion, that is why it is so easy to judge others who do have. What a hard world we are living in, no wonder the majority people of this country just do not care.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-09-28 23:28

    Wow! Very brave men. Drysdale and Till deserve medals. Mr Cohen is very, very lucky to be alive.

      phillie - 2011-09-29 01:37

      Two very brave men who had to,unnecessarily, put their lives at risk because an idiot would not obey the rules and signs.

      NZdreamer - 2011-09-29 02:38

      Wow, what a fantastic deed done by the public! SA, no, the world needs more people like this, just awesome!

      Piet Lombaard - 2011-09-29 06:55

      @Phillie more people die on roads each day than with shark attacks in a year. yes there is a risk, but every ocean user knows it

      MR. Pretorius - 2011-09-29 07:33

      @Piet, I love the ocean and know the risks involved when I enter the sharks domain. But trust me, if the beach is closed due to sharks being spotted I won't enter. Very brave men indeed! Hope Mr Cohen makes a speedy recovery

      infected667 - 2011-09-29 12:25

      @ Piet You may also want to take into account the amount of people on the roads compared to the amount swimming in the sea...just saying

  • Enigma - 2011-09-28 23:29

    Heroes. Just ordinary guys doing extraordinary deeds.

  • Stephen - 2011-09-28 23:29

    That is what heroism and bravery is all about. Well done gentlemen...

  • Ross - 2011-09-28 23:31

    "Their luck held when a seal appeared and swam between the men and the shark." Shark was obviously after the seal and the guy was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

      Really - 2011-09-29 01:49

      Miracles still happens.

      Ryan - 2011-09-29 02:14

      Seals do this when a shark attacks at a colony to confuse it and to help get other seals to safety. Sounds like like a brave seal to me.

      briaker - 2011-09-29 02:24

      the seal was sent by God. What brave men!

      seriass - 2011-09-29 06:57

      oom stop being a tit he entitled to his beliefs! you could do with some religion or a personality would also be nice - wanker

      LLLion - 2011-09-29 06:58

      So then who sent the shark?

      Francois - 2011-09-29 07:02

      @Oom Filimon - it always amazes me how people like you make a point of talking down to religious people. You know, just like your type always shouts and screams that religious type shouldn't force their religion down your throats, the same way we'd like it if you don't without fail try to tell us that God doesn't exist. It boils down to live and let live, let people believe what they want, you believe that their is no God, we do. Bloody hell man grow up!!!

      BugsyJamesy - 2011-09-29 07:20

      If God sent the Seal, I suppose the Devil sent the Shark?

      J - 2011-09-29 07:45

      @ non believers. The story goes (on radio) that there were several warnings of shark sightings in the area and a flag up on the beach. So whether God or the Devil sent the shark or not - it was there first. The surfer/swimmer went in after this - possibly knowing this or not. So I also believe that was one brave little seal - probably sent by God. It wasn't Michael's time to die - reinforced by the seal who came to his rescue and assisted by the two heroes who helped him out :) Believe it or not - God is great.

      blacksonly - 2011-09-29 08:11

      guys, don't allow oom fil and his cronies drag you to mud they are in. the divine reasoning is not common sense. just ignore them and their troll. the focus now is the sad shark attack and the heroism demonstrated by the old men.

      blacksonly - 2011-09-29 08:29

      @anon, your post is lacking some facts. Your belief that the believers are annoyed by these negative comments is flawed. We are used to these kinds of condemnations and believe it, we like it. Distinguish between a fact and your own flawed belief. - 2011-09-29 08:33

      @Anon ... it seems like you don't exist either, you don't even have a name....

      Anon - 2011-09-29 08:41

      @blacksonly - Did you read your comment before posting it in public? Did you thoroughly read mine? I'm not here to prove my believes, nor shove it down your throat. Religeon lack factual basis, hence the terms Myth, Mythic, or Mythical. Next time, read your comment before posting it and spare yourself the embarrassment. - 2011-09-29 08:43

      @non seems that if God is indeed non-existent the believers would have lived their lives well, but in vain. On the other hand, if God turns out to be real, you have a real problem my friend...

      Anon - 2011-09-29 08:44

      @blacksonly - FACT: Your going to point out my spelling mistake...

      Anon - 2011-09-29 08:47 - Is your real name ""?

      blacksonly - 2011-09-29 08:52

      @anon, you just spoofing air. I reiterate, stick to own beliefs and let others do the same to theirs. By the way, I'm not even suppose to dignify yo troll by responding to you "NON BELIEVER" HAHAHAHAHA. The two old men did a great job. They deserve a BELLS.

      Anon - 2011-09-29 09:15

      @blacksonly - Now was it that difficult? The TWO OLD MEN did a great job. THEY deserve a BELLS. I reiterate, in a more simplistic way as it is clear that you did not understand the first time: It's a public web site visited by non-believers, and believers of different religions. You are bound to be criticized by other users since you claim that it's your god that did what was needed. It is clear that you're getting annoyed hence the laughing in caps.

      Jay - 2011-09-29 09:31

      I swear the guy who said "God send the seal" is a troll. If he is, then he got the desired effect - instead of commenting on the attack and topic on hand people are now arguing about religion instead.

      blacksonly - 2011-09-29 10:06

      The authorities of the sea's safety division are now alleging that the man is known by ignoring warning from the sea patrols. This one guy says at some stage the man said he has a right to swim wherever he wishes to. Is this a fact or the division does not want to take responsibility for this incident?

      tigertank - 2011-09-29 10:20

      @ Jay and Anon - I respect your right to post your comments. But please see my comment listed under the first post (above). I hope you will be objective enough to see it's relevance to the events of the story. And why it is appropriate for believers on this 'forum' speak as they do. Thank you for your time.

      Felix - 2011-09-29 11:08

      Religious people are funny :).

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  • ProudlyKgomo - 2011-09-28 23:34

    Pain favours the brave! Michael Cohen, what happened to common sense!

      Neilson - 2011-09-29 01:35

      Okay mr. ProudlyKgom, next time when you are the victim in the water busy drowning, maybe then they should use their "common sense" and leave you there.

      Adrian - 2011-09-29 07:08

      Common Sense? If you knew the area , you'd know Clovelly has no sirens , flags etc. They are all at Fish Hoek main beach , 2km away. Mr Cohen probably had no idea there had been a shark sighted earlier. Don't judge if you're not qualified and don't know the facts. Well done Douglas and Hugh. Don't know if i'd have been so brave.

      KD - 2011-09-29 08:24

      @ Adrian, perhaps aim your comments at yourself As reported by IOL: Witnesses said the man, named as Michael Cohen, had gone swimming despite warnings that a shark was circling close to the beach. Witnesses said he parked his car and then walked right past a flag indicating that the beach was closed. At least two people warned him that a shark had been seen, but he strode into the water anyway.

      static - 2011-09-29 08:27

      actually he did have an idea, according to television reports he was repeatedly warned on previous occassions as well and disobeyed previous warnings as well.

  • proudandpink - 2011-09-28 23:37

    Drysdale and Till I salute you!

  • trishawebbheywood - 2011-09-28 23:37

    what heroes! Clone them!

  • GrahamB - 2011-09-29 00:09

    Nice work gentleman.

  • casabanderas - 2011-09-29 00:11

    Very very brave men. It is men like you that restore ones confidence in mankind. Well done. And don't be too hard on the victim there's no shark flag at Clovelly corner. It is at Fish Hoek Beach. Maybe it is time to once again allow shark fishing and ban cage diving.

      LGH - 2011-09-29 00:54

      There is a flag there - and a board explaining what the flags mean!!!

      Bafana Zondi - 2011-09-29 06:18

      No there isn't - it's definately at Fish Hoek Beach, on the other side near the rocks. The board is there too.

      Derek - 2011-09-29 09:19

      Idiot, should we ban driving, kill all bees (more people die worldwide in a day from bee stings than are killed by sharks in a year!) Shark fishing will cause serious damage to fish resources as they are apex predators that reduce seal and other large predator fish numbers. As it is the Chinese with their insane apetite for shark fin soup have caused a serious decline in shark numbers

      Megan - 2011-09-29 09:40

      Derek - only once all the rivers have run dry, all the trees have died and any form of sustainable life has been completely eradicated by the narrow-mindedness of the human race... ONLY then will these people start to realise that a planet without proper balance is nothing more than an unsustainable wasteland. Unfortunately one of the absolute disasters in the creation of mankind (whether it be through a supreme being or evolution) was the developement of a "higher thinking" that makes these morons feel that if it's not directly useful to them then why should they bother protecting it.

      Derek - 2011-09-29 10:06

      Thanks Megan, I'm passionate about the environment and, as a keen diver who has dived with sharks often, the sea. We really need to change peoples mind-sets about our planet and how us"thinking" consumer driven humans are destroying it!I urge everyone to support all biodiversity and sustainability initiatives that, fortunately, are starting to gain a foothold! every little bit helps, even sorting your trash1

  • marc.potgieter1 - 2011-09-29 01:02

    Amazing heroes! They deserve all the recognition that is possible!

  • luckpon - 2011-09-29 01:05

    Probably was the seal that took the bite in the first place......what was the seal doing in the vicinity of the shark?

      Gert - 2011-09-29 05:18

      Whatever that seal was doing there at that point in time, he probably saved these two heroes' lives. Incredible, guys. Hats off to you!!

  • emma viljoen - 2011-09-29 01:34

    what beautiful brave kind men. What role models to other South Africans.

  • sasa - 2011-09-29 01:54

    I will never swim at fish hoek beach - how many attacks does this make now? Very brave men indeed

      casabanderas - 2011-09-29 06:33

      three in recent years that I know of.

  • - 2011-09-29 02:21

    Wow what a rarity to hear of two brave men such as these! I can only hope i would find the courage to do the same for someone one day.

  • Ya Beauty! - 2011-09-29 02:46

    You Better believe.......GOD.....

  • Sophia777 - 2011-09-29 03:12

    What an uplifting testament to the human spirit! Thank you.

  • Laurence Sher - 2011-09-29 04:43

    Angels on earth! - Willing to take the risk to save anothers life is an epic achievement.

  • SharkPirate - 2011-09-29 04:58

    Give those men a Bells.

      pommie-abroad - 2011-09-29 07:36

      Give the seal a double!!

  • ChrisW - 2011-09-29 06:00

    Real heroes

  • Jon JJ - 2011-09-29 06:11

    Good to know South Africa has people like this...

  • Clint - 2011-09-29 06:21

    While this is a terrible story, as a person was attacked by a shark, it is also has an amazing side to it. Mr Drysdale and Mr Till are true hero's who put themselves into a situation which was very risky for them both, to save a stranger in a life threatening situation. It is always fantastic to hear stories of human braveness, and kindness toward others like this. In my opinion, there is not enough news like this these days. It is also a reminder to the rest of us that there are such good people in the world these days. The fact that earlier in the article it mentions that they were on their way back from doing voluntary spiritual guidance councelling at Pollsmor prison, speaks volumes about these two gentlemen! My utmost respect to you both, may the Good Lord richly bless you. To Mr Cohen, may you make a quick full recovery. Here's to the good people in our great Country.

  • Ingletor - 2011-09-29 06:25

    I really hope that these two men are recommended for The Order of Mendi medal. This medal is awarded to "South African citizens who have performed an extraordinary act of bravery that placed their lives in great danger, or who lost their own lives, including in trying to save the life of another person, or by saving property, in or outside the Republic of South Africa.

  • JDW - 2011-09-29 06:36

    These two gentleman MUST be rewarded by the City of Cape Town for their action they are True Heroes. Not sure if the Wolraad woltemade Medal is still in Use it use to be the highest bravery medal a civilian could get, and these two deserve that medal.

      Ingletor - 2011-09-29 07:41

      No, unfortunately that medal ceased to be awarded in 2003 and has been replaced by The Order of Mendi

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-09-29 06:37

    I know the saying is you have more chance of being hit by a car on the road than getting hit by a shark on our coasts. When I read this article, it sends shivers down my spine and re affirms to me the coastal water are the sharks territory NOT ours. Still well done to the guys who saved the swimmer !

  • Munks80 - 2011-09-29 06:44

    Pain is good, its your bodies way of letting you know that you're still alive.

  • lyndel.daly - 2011-09-29 06:44

    awesome !!!! true hero's wow well done.... weird how a seal was just there to protect them!! the seal was sent!!!! makes the hair stand on my arms....

  • Ian - 2011-09-29 06:52

    I tell you one thing for certain, he ignored the shark flags, he ignored the warnings from the shark spotters, I presume Mr Cohen has medical aid which will promptly tell him how on his own he is. They most certainly will NOT pay for this.Mr Cohen should have been preparing with his family for the new year, not showboating in the ocean. What a dumass

      brianR - 2011-09-29 07:33

      The flags and spotters were 2km away, bro... no warnings at this beach... you pay to go onto Fishoek beach, so seams only the paying get warned

      RobW - 2011-09-29 07:56

      You must be great to be around.

  • Els01 - 2011-09-29 06:54

    Guys we forget one thing...this men are used to facing dangerous situations...they offer spiritual giudence at Pollsmoors prison. So the guys were not afraid to face Jaws for Cohen, learn to listen out for warnings when swimming there. As for the seal...definitely a God sent.

      Biker Mouse - 2011-09-29 07:52

      Good point. Give the seal a medal, too.

  • scooter moepeng - 2011-09-29 06:56

    May almighty grant the two of you many more years to come!!! god bless ja

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  • Rakgadi - 2011-09-29 06:59

    Absolutely scary that people spotted a SHARK, closed the beach for others peoples safety and then the only person swimming at that moments gets attacked by a SHARK so huge that you could clearly distinguish it as a SHARK from the beach. As with everything in life, rules should be obeyed, warnings should be noted. These two gentlemen are true heroes, they should receive honorary medals, I am not sure if I would have done the same.

  • Piet Lombaard - 2011-09-29 07:01

    wow, anybody else think it a coincidence that a seal just happenned to appear at that time and instead of following its instinct, swim in-between the shark and the seal? i'm probably going to get insulted so many times for saying this, but this is truly an act from God.'please don't fail to recognize His hand in this.

      gshctn - 2011-09-29 07:13

      and...the actual shark attack is an act of the devil?

      John Harris - 2011-09-29 07:21

      On the odd occasion when someone survives something like this then it's suddenly gods work. Strange how god lets the vast majority die kicking and screaming...

      Robbie - 2011-09-29 07:44

      Well said John Harris

      Al - 2011-09-29 07:56

      If I was God I would not let this guy loose his leg. Pretty fckued up to let the guy be bitten first then send the seal.

      flummoxed - 2011-09-29 07:59

      Well said Piet.

      Robbie - 2011-09-29 08:01

      Al- if I was God then I would have jumped into the water first before he was bitten,then I would of thrown the shark out of the sea.

      JenAnn - 2011-09-29 08:52

      The seal has been in the vicinity for months now, he is a young male that has been kicked off seal island. He is always in the bay surfing the waves.

      Derek - 2011-09-29 09:24

      And who sent the shark to bite the guys leg off and cripple him for the rest of his life!

      Thinkr - 2011-09-29 10:22

      He is a merciful god, he only wanted the guy to be a double amputee, not kill him. The lord sure does work in mysterious ways...

      Piet Lombaard - 2011-09-29 10:30

      the shart attack was an act of nature, not a cruel God. why do you always blame God(who you dont believe in) for the cruel but not for the good? death is part of the human race, but thanx to devine intervention, all three these guys have another chance. even though he lost a limb, he is still able to live. bottom line, the guy entered the sea when he should'nt have. it was a choice he made and a risk he took. it's real bad for him, but part of nature. don't blame God or the devil for a natural disaster

      Lucy Fur - 2011-09-29 11:04

      So when bad things happen its not God its Nature, but when a compleatly natural thing happens like a seal swimming at a beach it's often seen at then its Gods hand at work. You Christians really are a deluded bunch.

      Piet Lombaard - 2011-09-29 12:06

      Lucy i don't understand why God allows pain. pain and death is something every human has to face at some point. But pain and suffering is because humans made a choice to sin, and through sin came death. pain and suffering is the result of sin, not the anger of God. blaming God for pain and death will not help you one little bit. He is God and He so chooses, then we can do nothing but accept it. He is God and we are not. but i see no point in arguing with you about this. nothing i say will convice you otherwise.

  • Animo - 2011-09-29 07:13

    Act of God - the seal that swam in between them. These good samaritans can count their lucky stars.

      RobW - 2011-09-29 08:03

      @animo is it God or luck?

  • topdogweb - 2011-09-29 07:14

    Give those men a bells!

      LiciousDee - 2011-09-29 09:45

      make it 2

  • BonQuisha - 2011-09-29 07:25

    Why do people swim in this shark infested area? Asking for trouble. Stupid too. If you swim that side you must be prepared to get eaten, it's the shark's hunting ground not a playpen.

  • Crispy_Duck - 2011-09-29 07:25

    Those gents deserve a medal from the city.

      flummoxed - 2011-09-29 08:00

      Can someone in Cape Town contact Patricia or Helen??

      Jim - 2011-09-29 08:26

      @CLOSED. OMG - Helen is useless? Take a look in the mirror. Fat troll.

      Derek - 2011-09-29 09:27

      What are you doing here ,troll. Helen Zille is the best thing that has happened to this country since Madiba stepped down!

  • Francois - 2011-09-29 07:26

    So glad their are still Good in this world !!! Bravo .......

  • Lion King - 2011-09-29 07:35

    Now that is brave, well done to those to gentleman, keeping it old school when humans still care about each other. A medal of honor indeed.

  • Ren - 2011-09-29 07:40

    way to go dudes!

  • ChrisG - 2011-09-29 07:42

    @Closed, show some respect. These men did what very few would have had the courage to do in order in to save a man's life. Truly inspiring stuff.

  • Peacock - 2011-09-29 07:45

    There are still some good folks around, thank god for that

  • flummoxed - 2011-09-29 07:51

    How very brave and noble the two men who helped the shark attack victim were. They deserve a medal each for bravery.

  • OllieMor - 2011-09-29 07:52

    Well done, gentlemen.

  • lungelo mpatho - 2011-09-29 07:52

    wow, God bless these two!

  • Scarlett82 - 2011-09-29 07:53

    Douglas and Hugh .... you men are true heroes, men of Bravery

  • PnutGallery - 2011-09-29 07:55

    Give those men a Bells

  • pommie-abroad - 2011-09-29 07:55

    There are far too many documentaries on TV showing people free diving with great whites, what people dont understand when watching theses programmes is that these people are taking huge risks and that they also have safety divers and cages out of shot that cannot be seen by the audiance. It gives people the impression that great whites are not as bad as people think and that they are just a misunderstood creature that doesn't ordinarily prey on people. Fact is theY are opportunists that will investigate anything in their territory as potential prey. This misleading documentation of the facts causes people to take risks, afterall you're more likely to be hit by lightning. So what are the odds of you being attacked if there is a great white in same stretch of ocean as you? Those are the odds they never publish. Big ups to the two gents that rescued the guy but he should never have been there in the first place. There is so much nonsense on Animal Planet these days i'm not surprised more tourist are not killed in africa, after watching " into the pride" "venom hunter" and the rest of these andrenalin junkies selling their souls for some segment of banal tv.

      DW - 2011-09-29 08:39

      pommie, Dont act all superior and know-it-all. TV Documentaries have done a huge amount to improve people's knowledge about the animal kingdom. Sharks in particular, after the Jaws movies, were despised and vilified. Thanks to documentaries like these they are now respected and held in awe. Great whites have returned from the brink of extinction. Yes sharks are dangerous predators. But they are not killing machines. Most people who go into the water recognise that should a shark attack, the shark would be the winner. Do you know how many people swim in the ocean every day? In Fish Hoek there have been 3 attacks in the last couple of years. Do you leave your home to go to work every morning? Drive in your car? People take calculated risks every day of their lives. I somehow dont think that this swimmer was aware that there was a shark in the water (it seems the warning signs and sirens are some distance away). I doubt anyone would enter the water if they knew a shark was there.

      pommie-abroad - 2011-09-29 08:59

      yeah DW and you are probably one of those guys that thinks Steve Irwin just happens to stumble across his snakes and crocs throughout his shows. Hans and Lotti Haas, David Attenborough, Gerald Durrell, those guys were doccie makers, not the crap we get fed these days,and i don't profess to know it all , if you don't like my opinion don't read it..simple really

      DW - 2011-09-29 09:19

      No pommie, I dont appreciate the Steve Irwin types at all. But I do dive with sharks (not cage diving) and you are simply misinformed.

      Derek - 2011-09-29 09:37

      Well put DW, I also dive (scuba) with sharks of all types and sizes. Sharks are typical predators and in a seal rich area it is obvious what the unfortunate swimmer was mistaken for. They are not killing machines patrolling our beaches for humans. They are vital cogs in our eco system but numbers are declining through the Chinese demand for shark fin soup.Go to the website of Sharklife SA to learn more bout them. By the way more people die annually in the USA falling off chairs than are killed worldwide by sharks!

      pommie-abroad - 2011-09-29 10:44

      So you dive with great whites then?? or sharks??? MY point is DW is that there are too many doccies out there relaying false information to the veiwers that could lead the general public into believing its not that much of a risk, we don't all have the same experience as you do!