Shark attack at Plett beach

2011-08-23 11:15

Cape Town - Doctors are fighting to save a Plettenberg Bay man’s life after he was attacked by a shark at Lookout Beach on Tuesday morning, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) confirmed to News24.

The attack happened at 09:11 at the Keurboom's river mouth, the NSRI’s Craig Lambinon said.

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

Lambinon said that when emergency and NSRI personnel found the man they started working to resuscitate him and continued doing so on the way to the local hospital.

Lambinon could not say what kind of shark attacked the 49-year-old man but did say that it would form part of a probe into the incident.

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  • Stella13 - 2011-08-23 11:21

    OMW!!! What is happening at that part of the world? First old man gets hurt in Mossel Bay and now another man victim of a shark attack!!

      McDaNife - 2011-08-23 11:54

      Imagine being attacked at the Lookout beach...

      Wezz - 2011-08-23 11:59

      Yes, especially Plett? Such a sad case when a person gets attacked by an animal. Thing is, its the animals habitat and it acts on instinct. Condolences to the family.

      t04st3d161 - 2011-08-23 12:02

      Indeed, just passed away, RIP TIM

  • HappyGoLucky - 2011-08-23 11:22

    please please pleeeease dont let me read follow up stories about how they catch and kill this shark!! get well soon dude

      Ben Fowler - 2011-08-23 13:46

      I wish it was possible. I would use the (make a quick buck) shark cage diving boat owners as bait.

  • The ABG - 2011-08-23 11:25

    No need to overreact people. This is a tragedy and my sympathies go to the victim and his family, but this is a risk we take living in a world beyond our control. Accidents happen every day. Thousands are killed and injured on the roads every holiday season but we panic when a shark bites someone in its natural habitat.

  • Freshfish - 2011-08-23 11:28


      t04st3d161 - 2011-08-23 12:03

      AGREE! Its all the chumming in mossel bay thats causes these accidents.

      Cheekiechops - 2011-08-23 12:12

      Seriously who chums at a river mouth? STOP talking crap is more like it!

      Megan - 2011-08-23 12:48

      Who swims in a river mouth? One of the main areas where sharks are found....

      Justin - 2011-08-23 13:20 for anyone wanting to learn more about the anit-chum movement

      Don Solomon - 2011-08-24 03:17

      Chumming = more sharks = more biting

      ChumScrubber - 2011-08-24 06:58

      Chumming is in deeper water to attract Great Whites for cage diving? This seems more like a Zambezi considering its in a river mouth, so I'm not sure if chumming and this incident are connected. We'll need to wait to hear more before making assumptions.

  • ChrisKhoza - 2011-08-23 11:37

    Sharks can only survive in water. If a man can be attacked by a shark in his living room then I'll have to sympathise with him. When are we gonna allow nature be and stop interfering with it? Naturally sharks don’t know that they have to share the water with human beings.

      Collen - 2011-08-23 11:42

      Chris you are so offence)

      daaivark - 2011-08-23 11:51

      So Chris, you never swim in the sea, right?

      LloydSix - 2011-08-23 12:01

      So if a lion (land dwelling animal) attacked someone you wouldn't sympathise? How is surfing interfering with nature? Yes we can't blame the shark but jeez have some heart, the guy was doing something he loved.

      Cheekiechops - 2011-08-23 12:18

      Agree, get out of your car at the Kruger National Park and run around and that makes you fair game, pretty much the same going into the water. Surfers do know about sharks, its a risk they take for the love of the sport.

      Megan - 2011-08-23 12:51

      @Cheekiechops Which means he died doing something that he loves. Not many people have that opportunity. Why don't we humans just wipe out every thing that is natural and see how far we get...? Hopefully the unbelievably ignorant people who believe that the planet does not need all this "nature" are an endangered species soon to be wiped out!

      Chantel - 2011-08-23 13:15

      hahaha, so true...just look at what BOFFINBOB wrote and you will c that there r still really dumb people in this world (yes i know unfortunate it is!!)

      jen - 2011-08-23 15:42

      So true ChrisKhoza, good point. Man is invading their territory in the same way as we invade their territory if we step out of our car in the Kruger National Park. What is stupid about ChrisKhoza's comment, may I ask Collen?

      ChumScrubber - 2011-08-24 07:02

      I guess with a surname like Khoza we should accept Chris has a different method of reasoning to swimming nations?

  • chan chan - 2011-08-23 11:37

    its properly a mistaken identity, note that the shark did not kill him, so it was most likely just investigating what he was .... but as it is, its very scary and concerning. not typical behavior for sharks, so wat is wrong ????

      MINDBURSTEMPIRE - 2011-08-23 17:03

      Of course this IS typical behavior for sharks. Sharks don't like the taste of human meat which is why humans seldom get fully eaten.Most humans die from blood loss or shock. This was a case of mistaken-identity and/or curiosity. Nothing more- and totally conducive to shark behavior.

  • Tracey - 2011-08-23 11:41

    Anybody familiar with coastal living knows rivermouths, dirty water & spear fishing increase you chances of shark attacks. The REAL problem is not the sharks but people who need to educate themselves. We teach kids the hazards of crossing the road when there is traffic, perhaps we should just eradicate kids like not-so-BOFFINBOB wants to do with sharks?

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-23 12:02

      Oh come on Tracey. Not you too !

      t04st3d161 - 2011-08-23 12:07

      RIP TIM, the man who died was VERY well educated with regards to sharks, over 50 years old and was in the water EVERY DAY. Unfortunately accidents do happen, might have been mistaken for a seal.

  • RealDutchman - 2011-08-23 11:42

    Just read on twitter that the victim didnt survive... RIP

  • ChrisKhoza - 2011-08-23 11:44

    Collen No offence taken...

  • modgomo - 2011-08-23 11:46

    He invaded the ecological space, what was he looking for?

      daaivark - 2011-08-23 11:53

      OK Pictureof Irrelevance: Was that supposed to be clever, funny, sarcastic.... or what? Fails dismally on all fronts.

      LloydSix - 2011-08-23 12:03

      Invaded? No he entered the ocean to partake in a sport. It happens and we can't blame the shark but you can't say he had it coming to him.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-08-24 07:05

      You never heard of swimming, surfing, diving? Humans also play in the water you know - don't judge people just because you can't swim modgomo.

  • Francois - 2011-08-23 11:48

    The gentleman in question has passed away - condolences to his family and friends!

  • Stun Gun - 2011-08-23 11:50

    River mouth? Why wont these people listen? Was it worth it? Nope.

      LloydSix - 2011-08-23 12:05

      Because the best waves are often in river mouths. The chances of getting attacked by a shark are very slim so that's like me saying - "Cars are dangerous, don't get in them" and then you die in a car accident and everyone says "Why didn't he listen" It happens and it's no ones fault.

      Megan - 2011-08-23 12:58

      The problem is not that "he should have known better" blah blah. He probably knew perfectly well that there are risks involved when you enter the sea, and an experienced surfer knows them all too well. You're absolutely right, telling someone who loves to surf not to do it because he might be eaten by a shark is exactly the same as telling a motorist not to drive as they might die in a car accident. The problem is the number of uneducated people who believe that the solution to this problem is to eradicate all sharks. My experience with people who surf is that they are generally nature-conscious and deeply respectful(excep boffinbog, obviously)of the environment they use for pleasure and would not want to see harm coming to a marine species just so that humans can be safe.

      Johan - 2011-08-23 14:00

      you obviously havent got a clue what surfings about show some respect

      Stun Gun - 2011-08-23 14:41

      No its not like getting into a car and driving. Its like getting into a car and driving whilst typing a message. Your putting yourself in more danger. That guy would have been in danger anywhere in the sea, but he put himself in even more danger at the river mouth. All Im saying is that this guy clearly thought the surf was worth risking his life. If someone tells me theres sharks in the sea, Ill still swim, but if they tell me that the chances of attack are higher at a river mouth, am I going to take that risk. No! Surfers must stop thinking that theyre invincible. Johan, forgive me, I couldnt read your whole sentence. I fell asleep half-way bro. d-_-b

      Stun Gun - 2011-08-23 14:45

      PS No disrespect intended towards the victim. May his soul RIP.

  • Elliot - 2011-08-23 11:54

    Wait until something likes this happens to you or one of your family memebers then we will see crocodile tears running. Whoever is making jokes of this is pathetic.

  • kazlynn - 2011-08-23 11:55

    It's the sharks world, he was intruding. Leave the shark alone.

  • Andrea - 2011-08-23 11:57

    RIP dude!

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-23 11:59

    You get what's coming to you if you go swimming where there may be sharks. I feel sorry for this man, but he knew the risk surely

      MINDBURSTEMPIRE - 2011-08-23 17:14

      Yes he knew the risk, but after having such a knowledge of the sea and such a familiarity with it, the risk is so small of getting attacked by a shark, it becomes almost nil, and not on the forefront of his mind at all times.I think it's more a case of bad luck and happening to be in exactly the wrong place at the wrong time. It's no more the sharks fault than it is his. RIP :(

  • Lee - 2011-08-23 12:01

    I think everybody knows that there is a risk in most that they do in terms of sport or hobbies, especially surfing, motorcross, car racing etc etc etc and I don't think any of them blame the sport because a sufer will know there is risk of being attacked, a biker or car racer being involved in an accident and even acrobat flyers taking risks in the air. It's just sad when something does happen, especially if it is a fatal one. Sorry to hear more sad news.......RIP.

  • Remona - 2011-08-23 12:01

    RIP Tim... Very sad day indeed..

  • I_ARE_BABOON - 2011-08-23 12:02

    who in their right mind swims in Keurboom's river mouth?

      Troll123 - 2011-08-23 12:05

      Agreed, perhaps someone should of educated him on the most common shark attack and feeding ground areas of the shark.

      SD - 2011-08-23 12:21

      He was not swimming in the river mouth. He was surfing Lookout, where people surf every day

      I_ARE_BABOON - 2011-08-23 14:05

      ah, that makes it much safer. many yeas ago a distant uncle of mine was bitten by a moerse shark at the same spot, he survived though.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-08-24 07:07

      Read some comments before you make a comment, this question has been answered already ad nauseum.

  • allibrit - 2011-08-23 12:04

    Have just heard that the guy passed away. Condolences to his family. Let's all remember that as soon as we step into the sea, we are no longer at the top of the food chain...

  • derkus - 2011-08-23 12:06

    sorry just heard he did not survive

  • Troy - 2011-08-23 12:08

    he never made it eye witness account on zigzag site.

  • Anita Cairns - 2011-08-23 12:08

    Deepest sympathy to the family, always so sad to lose a loved one. RIP

  • wipi1 - 2011-08-23 12:08

    Tim you will be missed R.I.P our friend

  • Smaal - 2011-08-23 12:22

    I scuba with whales, dolphins and yes sharks (No cage diving). I’ve touched more sharks then most will see in their lifetime yet not one of them has ever tried to swallow me. Most people don’t get it but its called living. He died doing what he loved and for that I take my hat off. RIP.

      diana2 - 2011-08-23 12:27

      that is true, some people just don't know how it feels like to do what you really love irrespective of the dangers that somes along with it, may his soul rest in peace

  • SD - 2011-08-23 12:28

    Prayers go out to the family of this awesome guy and also to all of you who need to learn some respect, peace and love. Surfers are blessed to be able to experience the beauty of the ocean like no one else. It has it's risks, but so does everything in life. In his 49 years of life, surfing probably brought him most of his joy. Rest in peace Tim

  • Rich - 2011-08-23 13:03

    BOFFINBOB, sharks are a menace to YOUR enjoyment? Really, is that how it works, you superior man, you amazing awesome living king and supreme enjoyer of all things! You must be so content with yourself, that you can think that the sharks must make way for YOU in the sea. You're an absolute idiot. You have lots to learn, I'm sure all the people with SENSE IN THEIR BRAINS who have commented have shown you that. Now, go and revise your thoughts on life before they get you in trouble again.

  • Eureka Broberg - 2011-08-23 13:40

    @ t04st3d161 you seem like you could be a local yourself from plett. I think the other people commenting on this should rather not say much as they have no idea how much the lookout beach and the river mouth has changed and MOVED over the past 5 years. I don't surf myself but have so much respect for the ocean. Plett is known for shark sightings and every surfer in Plett and surrounds knows that. I didn't know Tim personally and I don't think his family would appreciate reading all the uncalled for comments after his passing. The way you people are carrying on one would swear that Tim was in the wrong.... no-one was in the wrong... it was an unfortuate accident.

      hadedah - 2011-08-24 10:22

      I agree with you Eureka, read my latest blog and see what i have said. regards Hadedah

  • Bill Caisley - 2011-08-23 13:50

    It is a scientific fact that sharks will not attack you if you are dry... They only attack when you are wet.

  • Linstigator - 2011-08-23 14:21

    wow!!! was surfing there in december

  • kaydejongh - 2011-08-23 14:22

    Seriously? Can everyone please stop arguing about whose fault the attack was??? This is not the time for it. And I am 100% certain he didn't go looking for it. It is just the life of a surfer - you cant control the risks - its about the waves and the ocean, and also everything in it. It is tragic that this happened to one of the most chilled out surfer dudes in Plett, he was a funny, kind, legendary guy... He will be missed and remembered... Sleep sweet Timo!! x

      jen - 2011-08-23 19:49

      I think you are missing the point. I don't see anyone is blaming anyone? Most comments simply state the obvious that the shark cannot be blamed for acting like a shark, and no-one is saying that the surfer was at fault by being there either and of course he didn't ask for it! It is a tragedy.

  • hadedah - 2011-08-24 10:15

    Good Morning. I have just been reading all the information so far of the plettenberg, shark Attack. according to what i gather his leg and groin was badly mauled. I personally do not agree that this was a great white that attacked, if a great white had attacked he would have been aware of the shark for some time they tend to show themselves. I believe the attack was in all probabilty the work of a Zambezi Shark which is fairly common off our coast and particlarily near river mouths. it is quite often found in rivers with a sea entrance, and travels well up a river and then comes back down to the mouth. In the USA this shark is called a Bull shark and many a person particularily youngsters who swim in rivers have been taken. If this had been a great white the deceased would have lost the leg, and more. It has been found and tested that the Great white is intelligent unlike the Bull shark (Zambezi)which will attack without provocation, it is one of the cleaners of the sea and river estuaries.

  • rod.braby - 2011-08-29 13:40

    As long as shark cage diving and chumming occurs, people will continue to get tasted by sharks associating us with chum or worse still as chum! The waters near the chumming areas are not safe!

  • Greggo - 2011-09-05 03:02

    Plett Lifer - this was bound to happen. The whole character of Lookout changed a while back after an enormous storm and massive waves that totaled the whole beautiful beach. The beach is now really just an extension of the Keurbooms river mouth, with a fast running, fairly deep channel ideal for big sharks. Some surfers apparently spotted one territorial bull/zambezi (and got out very quickly) a year ago next to the Lookout rocks (experts only, but great). The whole environment has changed on the Lookout. I surfed there in fun, playful and sometimes HUGE surf, mostly closed out slop, but sometimes pumping Lefts in the 70s-late 90s. It looks much scarier now. The cold water this time of the year (Great Whites known to come feed inshore)and fast, deep channels around it make it look very sharky. I just always felt that. STAY AWAY. Probably a Bull/Zambezi but maybe a Great White. Rare in Plett to have this happen though. RIP.

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