Horror attack off Noordhoek
Friday, September 12, 2003
NOORDHOEK, CAPE TOWN --- A 19 year old bodyboarder died surfing the Dunes after being attacked by a shark.
Dave Bornman, who was surfing the mid-break, died of massive blood loss as he was pulled from the surf by nearby surfers.
The shark - presumably a Great White - hit him once, pulling him under and then flinging him up. The force of the bite cut through his torso and lower body.
The shark let go when it realised that he wasn't prey. Newspapers reported that the sea around him turned red as he bravely tried to catch a wave in. The impact of the bite had caused a traumatic wound and his life blood drained away. He passed on soon afterwards.
This is the second shark attack in a year around the Cape Peninsula but the first fatality in many years. Surfers can't remember when last a surfer has died in Cape Town. A bodyboarder lost his life in Knysna in 1999, surfing the 'Fish Boma'.