Surfer 'ripped apart'

2012-04-19 14:22

Cape Town - A surfer was killed by a massive 4-5m shark near Gordon’s Bay in the Western Cape on Thursday, paramedics.

The surfer, believed to be in his 20s, went out surfing with a group of friends at Dappat se Gat, a surf spot near Gordon’s Bay also known as “Caves”.

However, the NSRI's Craig Lambinon said that the man was a bodyboarder who went out with his brother.

The man had various chest injuries and his body was apparently ripped apart.

The surfer’s leg is still in the water, with members of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) trying to access the rest of the surfer’s corpse.

Lambinon told News24 they saw the surfer’s body when they arrived on the scene.

“People on the coastal side of False Bay must be cautious,” Lambinon warned.
Lambinon confirmed that the shark was 4-5m long and is possibly a Great White. He could also only confirm that one shark was involved in the attack. Paramedics said that they believed two sharks were involved.

  • This article has been updated after further information was received about the incident.

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  • Tuco - 2012-04-19 14:30

    Eish!!!! what a nasty way to go. I've just taken surfing in the Western Cape off my bucket list. #gut-WrentchingStuff

      customdesign - 2012-04-19 14:33

      Yep surfing is not for sissies

      Tuco - 2012-04-19 14:46

      @customdesign I'd rather be a living sisie than a dead hero. and I specifically meant WC. surfing still on the list, just not in the WC.:)

      bluzulu - 2012-04-19 14:49

      A nasty incident at Dappat se Gat

      tony.kirby1 - 2012-04-19 15:09

      Thats why I swim in my pool and not in the sea here in Cape Town, one side is bleedy cold water the otherside has sharks.

      camolivier - 2012-04-19 16:14

      Technically surfing in the WC is fine to keep on your bucket list, so long as you do it last (presuming you want to get to your other BC items... )

      Arthur - 2012-04-19 17:00

      Hey, thousands of surfers go out and surf every day, one incident shouldn't deter you. Besides, it can happen anywhere. Also, anyone swimming or surfing in the ocean should think of it as having a nice cross country job through the Kruger Park - except sharks are the "Lions" of the ocean. I think there's MORE chance of you getting mangled in a car wreck than being munched by a shark.

      Preshen - 2012-04-20 08:34

      The best way to avoid a Shark attack is not to get into the water

  • Andrea - 2012-04-19 14:32

    The area isn’t very accessible and only when the [whole] body will be removed, will they discover the cause of the death,” Lambinon said. SERIOUSLY!?? cause of death = Sharks killed him!! easy!

      Andrea - 2012-04-19 14:33

      RIP dude :(

      Morne - 2012-04-19 21:31

      Just wondering what idiots could actually dislike this comment.... RIP buddy

      chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-04-20 14:54

      @Morne, there are those total idiots out there dude. Trolls, with no respect, just trying to piss people off. Probably get off on it! @ Surfer... RIP Dude. Sho, Hectic stuff man.

  • Den - 2012-04-19 14:32


      Kala - 2012-04-19 15:18

      To some. Others need to jusstify their salaries.

  • Marius - 2012-04-19 14:32

    “The area isn’t very accessible and only when the [whole] body will be removed, will they discover the cause of the death,” Lambinon said. +++Wow I thought the guy got killed by sharks ?????

      Farmworker - 2012-04-19 14:43

      But Why? Did he have any form of open wounds or it thought he was a Hake

      Farmworker - 2012-04-19 15:12

      @anteater Sorry I thought you quoting from an article but could not find anything there in

      Den - 2012-04-19 15:35

      this story confuses news 24 reporters some how

  • MichelleRamsaySA - 2012-04-19 14:34

    Crazy.. Could it perhaps be linked to the US documentary being filmed in Cape Town attracting Great White sharks?

      warren.beyers - 2012-04-19 14:42

      Hi Michelle, it is unlikely but cannot be ruled out. see the cooments from a local Shark Life Director on what is happing on the "SharkMen" boat.

      Daniel - 2012-04-19 15:27

      Sure blame the US... then drag out a map and find out how far Cape Town is from Gordon's bay Einstein

      Melanie - 2012-04-21 04:00

      I speculate that 5 tons of chum might be related to this incident. However there is no evidence. Just as there is no evidence for certain other highly sensitive topics (ENSTEIN, would probably have agreed). Anyhow @ Daniel: Average speed of a great white during attack is about 20km per hour (faster with a speed burst) and cruise speed is average 8km per hour. Therefore please do get your map out, and consider that Muizenberg to Gordons Bay is a minimal distance for a shark to travel. Also keep in mind that South Africa at Dyers Island (8km offshore from Gaansbaai) is one of the largest populated areas of the great white shark in the world. Not everything is a personal attack on the US. Regards.

  • WTF - 2012-04-19 14:35

    Utterly shocking journalism and reporting!!!!

  • Farmworker - 2012-04-19 14:37

    Very unfortunate indeed, Sharks will always have the upper hand over human in water. Scary stuff

      Zee - 2012-04-19 15:24

      yes, indeed, it is their teritory! RIP mr surfer

  • warren.beyers - 2012-04-19 14:40

    It is very sad that the young man pasted away and may God be with his family at this time. Your headline however is a bit over the top!!! it is irresponsible of you to publish such head lines.

      Warren - 2012-04-20 16:05

      Warren, I could not agree more! This entire article reeks of amateur "churn-alism", an attempt to sell through shock. I know the media can sensationalize stories but this is a cop-out, a work of pure feces!

  • Gideon - 2012-04-19 14:40

    Ive surfed there many times before, never again

      J-Man - 2012-04-19 15:07

      Yup. Same here. RIP!

      jbrandct - 2012-04-19 15:10

      We also surf there a lot... the sad thing is it's not even a good spot...always closing out. I've never seen a shark there but plenty of whales and dolphins. Although I knew people have been attacked here before and at Pringle Bay. We once saw a big great White while diving at Rooi Els. I guess all the signs are there...time to stay away...Oh where to go now when the South Easter is howling ?

      Lance - 2012-04-19 15:10

      Go back Gideon, it can happen at any un-protected beach.

      Lance - 2012-04-19 15:36

      I was'nt being nasty to Gideon "thumbs downers'..Attacks can happen at any beach, anytime. If you surf its just part of the risk, either accept it or dont surf. My brother in-law surfs the coastline, some of his friends were there today, so Im certainly not intent on being in-sensitive about it, just honest. RIP

      Lance - 2012-04-19 15:53

      Example: This poor kid was from Hermanus, located right next door Gaansbaai..a region with the highest amount of Great White's on the planet. He probably used to surf a few times a week yet managed to avoid an attack. He goes to visit friends 70km away and gets taken at a "safer" beach. If your number is up, its up, sad but true.

      camolivier - 2012-04-19 16:17

      My dad surfs Paranoia's all the time, which is just down the beach.. scary stuff. it's really close to home..

      daniDK - 2012-04-19 17:27

      i agree. so much for our camping trip .. i'd rather freeze at sandy bay.

  • Ian - 2012-04-19 14:42

    this is getting interesting, sharks usually hunt alone, its not really know for 2 to hit the same target at once, condolances to the family

      Justin - 2012-04-19 15:23

      Recent studies around seal island have shown Great Whites to hunt in pairs. One attacks the seal on the surface and another paralyses it from below. Scary sh . . .t!!!

  • Lulama - 2012-04-19 14:42

    What a terrible way to go. May his soul rest in peace :-(

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-04-19 14:42

    Can this be linked to the people shooting the "Shark Men" documentary? Or am I starting a conspiracy theory?

      daniDK - 2012-04-19 17:31

      well when people throw tone of chum out into the ocean to film documentaries... ummm i think so. not sure if they were in that area today but they have been doing it in that area since they have been here apparently.

      daniDK - 2012-04-19 17:32

      sorry *tons

      Warren - 2012-04-20 16:25

      Hi Jim and dani.DK. I am not a huge supporter of cage diving, and have surfed Koel Bay (Caves) for over 10 years. It is not wrong to assume that "chumming" off-shore has had an effect on the increased shark activity along our coastlines; however, looking at the facts I do not see how the Ocearch's (the boat that is used to shoot the doccie) chumming is related to this attack. The Ocearch was last in False Bay on Sunday through to Monday, based mostly at the Northern end of the bay, and used approximatelly 30 litres of chum over a 3 hour period. This week has had strong South Easterly winds which would have blown remainder chum away from the area where the shark attack happened. False Bay has a rich pollution of sharks. Koel is a popular wave for bodyboarders (I would know, I am one). It is, unfortunately part of the risk we take as wave-riders. It doesn't take away from the severity of the terrible incident and my heart goes out to David's family and friends. And if you think I'm coming in as an outsider, David was a part of my life in the ocean.

  • Gershwin - 2012-04-19 14:43

    And about a month ago people were protesting to not have sharks tagged, I guess they will think differently now

      whatevafreakshow - 2012-04-19 14:57

      How is tagging going to stop a shark attack??? Chumming to tagg the shark causes an eating frenzy.

      Gershwin - 2012-04-19 15:09

      By tagging the sharks people will know where they are on the satelite and maybe not go into the water, does that make more sense or maybe you talking of facebook tagging

      Jacqui - 2012-04-20 12:27

      Gershwin, tagging won't make a shark not attack. Why should measures be taken against them?. They are in their right domain and people are not.

  • ozzie.oz1 - 2012-04-19 14:43

    Should an editor not edit articles that go into newspapers? The man's sustained various chest injuries and his body was apparently ripped apart. The surfer’s leg is still in the water, (NSRI) trying to access the rest of the surfer’s corpse. Lambinon told News24 they saw the surfer’s body when they arrived on the scene. Eish!!!

      Warren - 2012-04-20 16:29

      This is what happens when you give someone a Twitter account and tell them they are a "journalist"! Sensationalist article from someone who clearly has their head in the sand

  • sahunter3 - 2012-04-19 14:43

    Common guys the sea is the sharks domain... We are the tresspasses. he is only doing what he was designed to do..... Clean up the ocean..

      Shirley - 2012-04-19 14:49

      I agree. Very sad for the surfer who died and condolences to all family members. However,Im sure any surfer worth his salt will tall you that this is the risk you take when going in the water.

  • Dhavandran - 2012-04-19 14:43

    it is sad but these are some of the dangers of the sea. there has been a dramatic increase of shark activity close to the shores of sa. one of the reasons ORI states is the declining source of food due to over fishing by using long lines and the illegal activity of the japanese and chinese trawlers who rape the seas of sa.these sharks see the surf and ski boat fishermen as a source of easy food by stealing their catch. so they hang around in the shallows. a surfer in the water may look like a sea lion or seal. my sympathies to the surfer's family.

      Andries - 2012-04-19 15:07

      please do you still believe in arm chair scientists. check the stats since the world banned us catching them. by chumming they learnt to come to every boat to get free food. by towing boards behind the vessels for a nice snap of a jumping shark your surfboard is next.

  • Faizal - 2012-04-19 14:45

    I'm curious, where in the article does it say "obtained" ??

      Mark - 2012-04-19 15:00

      They changed it shortly after I pointed it out, and then again to 'had'.

      Vengence - 2012-04-19 15:37

      @Markrschulz - your work here is done then. I'm sure you will sleep very well tonight. You've earned it!

      Mynews - 2012-04-19 16:29

      You have, thank you Markrschulz.

      kritzinger - 2012-04-20 06:42

      Yeah, they deleted your comment and our subsequent replies too. Think we hurt their feelings? Haha...

      Warren - 2012-04-20 16:40

      @Mark. Well done, but can you also point out that this article was written by a sensationalist, insensitive swine who just got a Twitter account! @MyNews Ed. Do you read all the articles before they are posted or do you skim over them while you're sipping coffee and eating croissants? I understand shock sells, but this inaccurate assumption of a tragic event is the lowest form of "churn-alism" I have encountered in a while. It's interesting how this article has undergone a few edits AFTER it was posted. What next, can i expect to find a tab where you upload tasteless, topless women who's answers are clearly fabricated to be deemed "provocative"? My personal suggestion, MyNews Ed, is that you scrap this slanderous piece of sh*t - you have a better (and I say very, VERY loosely) and more accurate account of this incident on your site.

  • brand0nbradley - 2012-04-19 14:46

    Perhaps this is clear evidence that chumming causes sharks to associate humans wearing neoprene as a food source. National Geographic have been dumping 5 tons of chum in False Bay all week.

  • Richard - 2012-04-19 14:48

    Firstly: "Cape Town - A surfer was killed by two sharks near Gordon’s Bay in the Western Cape on Thursday." And later in the story: "He could also only confirm that one shark was involved in the attack." So between one and two sharks may have been involved...

      Colin - 2012-04-19 15:02

      Can be sure it wasn't 0/nil/no sharks/ involved!

      louisa.crook - 2012-04-19 16:50

      My buddy was a medic on the scene. He said it was one huge shark that attacked. There just happened to be another tiny one hanging around. I guess it's just more newsworthy to say that 'SharkS ripped him apart'. His leg was taken at the thigh and he was bitten a few times. Sounds more like Jaws to put it the other way but it's pretty damn insensitive for the friends and family of the kid, imho :-S

      Warren - 2012-04-20 16:42

      @Slowboat, this article has undergone various edits since it was posted, clearly the editor was busy with something else while this article as published. I've posted a few comments above, I would love to see this article cut from this site

  • Tian - 2012-04-19 14:48

    Kill the sharks. Why do we kill a lion who eats humans but sharks are left alone? We have the biggest concentration of sharks in the world. Kill man-eating sharks.

      warren.beyers - 2012-04-19 14:52

      ignorance must be bliss...

      rossouwc - 2012-04-19 14:53

      But they need to kill the right one tyhen, cause only one of the two were involved. So you cant kill his buddy. Sounds like "Guilty by association" :)

      cheree.cox - 2012-04-19 14:53

      U idiot Tian ... The ocean is the sharks world ... It is very sad an tragic wat has happened an may he R.I.P , but u can't jus go killin the shark ... Learn more bout sharks before jus puttin comments like that on ...

      Joe - 2012-04-19 15:01

      @ ROSSOUWC - great response pal...... had a good laugh

      Colin - 2012-04-19 15:05

      so what's left in the bucket, Tian?

      Pulverturm - 2012-04-19 15:13

      Gavin - 2012-04-19 15:22

      Dude come on get a grip!

      Edward - 2012-04-19 15:25

      We also seem to have a high concentration of uneducated idiots like you. The fact that we have the highest concentration of sharks does not mean that they aren't endangered.Which they are! If there were 10 lions left on earth and they were spread between two countries, lets say SA and Namibia, and we have 7 of the 10 in SA, we'll have the highest concentration in the world. Does that mean it would be alright to kill them? My condolences to the family.

      Toofaan - 2012-04-19 15:28

      If you use that logic, we also have the highest concentration of mini-bus taxis in the world (and they kill more people). You see where this is going ?The shark did not eat him BTW - it was curious thats all.

      david.streicher - 2012-04-19 15:41

      Studies have shown that sharks only attack when one is wet.

      camolivier - 2012-04-19 16:25

      @david.streicher - The movie, Jaws, does not agree with you.

      daniDK - 2012-04-19 17:34

      you are retarded.

      Bee - 2012-04-20 12:54

      Are you serious?? Surely not. Man-Eating Sharks?????? No, i must be seeing things. And as for killing lions that eat humans. Us HUMANS need to stop trying to interfere with the natural habitat of the Universe. Surfers and Bodyboarders know the story when they enter the water and respect these creatures with all of their hearts and souls. The shark here is not the issue it in fact lies with people like you that have no freaking clue. i am appauled. This article is also one of the worst i have ever read, bad form News24. RIP David.

      Luke - 2012-04-25 21:39

      dont be a fool

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-19 14:48

    Nasty incident at Dappat se Gat,

  • faannagel - 2012-04-19 14:49

    Agreement with the sharks,I dont swim in the sea and they wont drink in the bar...

  • fehraad - 2012-04-19 14:49

    horrible way to die!!! So sad!!!! Protest against the filming of SHARK MEN, the over chumming could be a serious cause for such violent attacks!!!

  • Melanie - 2012-04-19 14:52

    very sad indeed, but i reckon anyone that goes into the sea should know (and probably do)that it could happen to them. Doesnt matter if you going for a quick goof, diving, surfing..whatever. Hope they dont want to kill the sharks now!

  • Lynn - 2012-04-19 14:53

    to the would you like to read that a shark ripped your child/brother/father etc apart...have a bit of decency and respect for the family - your headline is disgusting!!!!!

      louisa.crook - 2012-04-19 16:54

      Totally agree! A shark attack is highly newsworthy story alone, it doesn't need to be all 'Hollywood' with such childish descriptions like 'ripped apart' just to get more people to click the link. Very insensitive.

  • Colin - 2012-04-19 14:55

    Tuco, those things in "grey wetsuits" are everywhere... NOT only in the W/Cape

  • Richard - 2012-04-19 14:57

    what happened to the shark spotters

      JJ - 2012-04-19 15:12

      people are more concerned with "Pigspotter"....?

      jbrandct - 2012-04-19 15:19

      There are no shark spotters in this area, unfortunately.

      Ben - 2012-04-19 15:20

      Not sure if they have on that side of the bay...Musenberg/Fish Hoek (where most are seen),yes.

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-04-19 15:00

    Such graphic reporting is not neccesary. Imagine if you were this person's next of kin and you read this report of a leg and corpse till floating in the water... sick IOL sick! Doesn't a senior editor read the content before publishing?

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-19 15:01

    Does News24 have to report such graphic details ?? The poor guy's mom and dad will be reading this. For goodness sake !!!

      Luke - 2012-04-25 21:43

      if u find other proper articals you would see that the info provided is totally false he was not ripped apart only his right leg was bitten off, no other injuries to the body

  • Ulrich - 2012-04-19 15:02

    A good friend of mine always said: He doesn't swim in their sea.... and they don't swim in his cooler box. So I am sure that advise like this would cause incidents like this not to happen.

  • JJ - 2012-04-19 15:03

    RIP...what a horrible way to go Yep, although I can swim quite well, i will continue keeping my black @ss in swallow waters!

      Rob - 2012-04-19 15:13

      Unbanned ?

      JJ - 2012-04-19 15:18

      Seems so Rob!! Now just waiting for you to cross that line my friend... Have a suspicion it will be soon!!

      Rob - 2012-04-19 15:25

      LOL...Not with you around !

      Koos - 2012-04-19 15:54

      LOL JJ, you know that pretty much all shark attacks happen in shallow waters.

      JJ - 2012-04-19 16:02

      Excuse my ignorance! :)

  • whatevafreakshow - 2012-04-19 15:03

    Osearch has been chumming the area go figure. Condolences to the family.

  • yolande1979 - 2012-04-19 15:08

    People are commenting on things that I dont read in the article. Was the article changed? Never the less this is still a very sad event. Thinking of the family

  • Dennis - 2012-04-19 15:09

    Is there any other side to Fasle Bay but coastal ?

  • louise.gallardo - 2012-04-19 15:09

    Find out what the cause of death was??? WTF

  • farmfreund - 2012-04-19 15:09

    Ben Du Arsch:-)

  • Charmaine - 2012-04-19 15:10

    Please don't kill the Shark, we in his turf, not he in ours.

  • daniella.blazic - 2012-04-19 15:10

    May he RIP - Condolences to friends and family.

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-04-19 15:10

    My condolenses to his family .......

  • Niel - 2012-04-19 15:11

    RIP, sad day for surfing, I live in Gordons Bay and bodyboard there regularly (not soon)shall think twice before surfing there again, but once again we all know the dangers, my thoughts are with the family!!!

      Rob - 2012-04-19 15:20

      Niel I have surfed for almost 40 years, although I dont get to as much as I would like these days + I am getting on a " bit " & yes we all know the dangers & have had the odd shark encounter here & there, it is always shocking & sad when " one of us watermen " get taken. Hats off to you Cape surfers for braving the cold waters & having no shark nets either, that is dedication. One word of advice though...ditch the sponge & start standing up...The view is so much better !

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-04-19 15:18

    Sorry dude I feel for your family but if God wanted us to play some kind of spelletjies in the wild he could have created us with four legs. Same goes for the sea and it's species. If you play in their terrotory they will react.

      shireen.abbas - 2012-04-21 05:12

      Damn ! Did you use all of your 1 brain cell to think this up ? Lmao hahahahahahahaaa

  • Joanita - 2012-04-19 15:20

    :(((( I love the ocean, but it's articles like these that make me love the ocean even more...from a safe distance!

  • Rhyno - 2012-04-19 15:21

    Now they just need to do the same to the Bulls! - 2012-04-19 15:35

      Pathetic and childish comment. Shame on you!

      Lance - 2012-04-20 09:03

      I guess there is one \Rhyno\ some readers would like to see \de-horned\.

      shireen.abbas - 2012-04-21 05:09

      @lance lmao !! Definitely !!

  • Terrence - 2012-04-19 15:21

    I am not going into the see water very soon to many sharks.

  • Liko - 2012-04-19 15:26

    these people they never learn

  • nikita.clayton1 - 2012-04-19 15:27

    It would be interesting to know if two sharks were involved, as they usually hunt alone, maybe it was a case of a shark frenzy, the other just happened to be passing by when the attack happened but couldn't resist the scent of blood. Either way! RIP young surfer/body boarder, as an ex body-boarder myself I know the rush of catching the wave, it's something within you that will never die, no matter the risk.

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  • karen.inward - 2012-04-19 15:33

    Why all the gore in this article? The surfer died as a result of a shark attack. That's all we need to know. RIP

      Conrad - 2012-04-19 15:43

      agreed , and its still sad cause someone lost a family member.Conrad

  • Jayson - 2012-04-19 15:36

    Totally tragic. I couldn't think of a worse way to go. But the body boarder went into the water knowing full well of the dangers. If I'm not mistaken, last week there were a few warnings about high shark activity. At least he was doing what he loved. My sincere condolences to his family for there tragic loss. Rest in peace.

  • Cobus - 2012-04-19 15:41

    RIP brother...