Cape Town surfer injured in shark attack in Jeffreys Bay

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  • A 38-year-old Cape Town man has been injured after a shark bit him in Jeffreys Bay.
  • The surfer was in a stable condition by the time he was transported to hospital for treatment.
  • The Kouga Municipality has closed beaches in Jeffreys Bay.

A shark attacked a 38-year-old Cape Town man after he fell off his surfboard at The Point in Jeffreys Bay on Wednesday.

His torso and leg were injured in the attack.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said: "It was discovered, according to eye-witness reports, that he may have been bumped off his board and bitten by a shark. We believe he managed to get back onto his board and he was assisted out of the water by fellow surfers," NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.

The NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew was alerted shortly after 07:00, along with the Gardmed Ambulance Service, eastern Cape Emergency Medical Services, the Private Care Ambulance Services and Exec Ops security.

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"While responding to the scene, [the] NSRI [was] informed that the surfer was out of the water," Lambinon added.

An NSRI Bakoven crewman who happened to be there gave the man medical treatment.

Lambinon added that paramedics later treated the man on the scene for puncture wounds to his right leg and torso before he was transported to hospital.

He was in a stable condition when he left the scene.

The Kouga Municipality closed beaches in Jeffreys Bay.

The NSRI also lunched a sea rescue craft, at the municipality's request, to patrol the surf line and alert surfers who might not yet be aware of this shark attack.


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