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Sun, 30 April 2017

Yesterday evening, Keurbooms River mouth was the scene of another shark bite, according to a report by the NSRI after a PE teenager was hospitalised by a shark at the popular spot near Plett.


AERIAL VIEW: Keurbooms is known as a fun beachbreak just off a small river. Photo Google Earth

Just the day before, the NSRI had warned holidaymakers over the long weekend to exercise caution after numerous shark sightings between Nature’s Valley and Mossel Bay, with emphasis on the Plettenberg Bay area.

Sharks are commonly sighted at this time of the year, a normal aggragation as they hunt seals and fish closer to shore, particularly in the Robberg area at Plettenberg Bay.

Spokesperson for the NSRI Craig Lambinon told media that the NSRI Plett crew had responded to a call yesterday evening at 5.10pm. "On arrival on the scene a 14-year-old Port Elizabeth male teenager was found already on the beach with bite marks and bite lacerations to his right calf sustained from a shark bite while surfing,” Lambinon said.


CLOSE SHAVE: A paddle skier had a lucky escape at Keurbooms in December. Photo NSRI

Lambinon said he was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital for stitches to lacerations and bite marks to his right calf, and he was hospitalised overnight as a precaution.

The surfer had turned to paddle for a wave at the popular beachbreak when he saw a fin and felt something bump and bite him. "He caught a wave to the beach where he was met by his dad, who had witnessed the incident, and by bystanders who rendered assistance while raising the alarm,' Lambinon said.

“Shark researchers will investigate to determine the species and size of the shark but initial indications lean towards the bite being made by a [great] white shark of 2m but this has not been confirmed.”

White shark

WHITE SHARK: They tend to aggragate nearshore this time of year. Photo Wiki

Keurbooms is one of the sharkiest stretches of water in South Africa, with perhaps only Ntlonyane and Port St Johns on the Wild Coast rivalling it for sightings and incidents.

The last incident occured in December last year when a large white shark bit off a large piece of a surf ski paddler's boat off Keurbooms. Local surfer Tim van Heerden, 48, lost his life there in 2011.

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