Woman, 39, killed in shark attack at Plettenberg Bay, all beaches in area closed

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Plettenberg Bay and Southern Cape coastline beaches have been closed after a woman was killed in a shark attack.
Plettenberg Bay and Southern Cape coastline beaches have been closed after a woman was killed in a shark attack.
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  • A woman was killed in a shark attack in Plettenberg Bay on Sunday morning.
  • This follows a fatal shark attack just three months ago, where the man's body was recovered from the back surf line.
  • All Plettenberg Bay and Southern Cape coastline beaches have been closed.

All beaches in Plettenberg Bay have been closed after a woman was killed in a shark attack at central beach on Sunday morning, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

This is the second fatal shark attack in Plettenberg Bay in three months.

NSRI crews and the police were dispatched to the beach at 07:53.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said:

On arrival at the scene, the body of a 39-year-old female from Cape Town was recovered from the water and brought to the beach.

He added that the police took the body into their care, together with the provincial health department's forensic pathology services.

Police have opened an inquest docket.

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Bitou municipal spokesperson Andile Namntu said that the council in May approved research on the shark barrier at the central beach.

Namntu added:

This study will go a long way to assist in understanding the behaviour of the sharks. At this moment, there seem to be more shark activities on our beaches. This is very unusual when compared with previous years.

Bitou Municipality has also established a shark committee to work with experienced private sector personnel to assist with limiting such incidents.

In June, local businessman Bruce Wolov was killed by a shark at sanctuary beach.

His body was located and recovered from the water, at the back surf line, onto an NSRI rescue craft.

At the time, the body was brought to the NSRI Plettenberg Bay rescue station. However, he was declared dead by a doctor.

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