Monday, November 15, 2004

Shark Attack in Fish Hoek

Just when you though Fish Hoek was the safest beach for grannies and grandpas to have a morning swim this happens:

Shark attack in False Bay
Posted Mon, 15 Nov 2004

A Metro emergency helicopter despatched to the scene of an apparent shark attack in Fish Hoek beach near Cape Town returned to base without locating a woman who was apparently attacked by a great white shark early on Monday morning.

National Sea Rescue Institute and other emergency service personnel were still at the scene.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said a full scale search was underway for the elderly woman, presumed to be in her 60s.

Lambinon said a shark had been spotted in the vicinity of Clovelly, near Fish Hoek.

"The shark is bigger than the helicopter...it is huge," he said.

Lambinon said the woman had been identified, but her name would not be released until her next of kin was informed.

Lambinon said a witness, False Bay Yacht Club commodore Paul Bennet, told rescue personnel the shark "came up and grabbed her, circled and grabbed her again" before she disappeared.

The last shark attack in the same vicinity was in April this year when a 16-year-old surfer was attacked off Muizenberg beach.

JP Andrew was in a critical condition after losing his right leg in the great white's attack, but has made a remarkable recovery.

source: iAfrica

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