Provoked Incident at Plettenberg Bay, South Africa:
15 year old angler was bitten by an approx. 2 meter Sandtiger shark (Carcharias taurus)
while trying to release it.
Victim suffered injuries to his left leg/knee (required 45 stitches).
45 stitches after shark attack
12/12/2008 09:52 - (SA)
Port Elizabeth - A 15-year-old boy was bitten by a ragged tooth shark after a long battle between his friend and the shark.
Luke Parker from Port Elizabeth received 45 stitches after the incident at Plettenberg Bay.
Luke and two friends were fishing on Wednesday evening, when his friend, Guy Moorecraft, got a bite. Guy struggled for about two hours to get the shark to shore.
Finally the shark which weighed about 100kg pulled Guy from the rocks into the shallow water. The fishing line - which can carry up to 40kg - broke.
Guy's two friends, Luke and Ricardo do Pinero - all are 15 and pupils at Grey High School - quickly jumped in after him.
Grabbed tail fin
Guy grabbed the shark's tail fin and the shark swung to the right and got hold of Luke's legs and lower body.
Guy was scared the shark would pull Luke into the deep sea. "I immediately bent over and tried to pull the shark's jaws from Luke's leg."
Luke finally managed to free himself and ran to the beach, where paramedics from the National Sea Rescue Institute took him to the NSRI station for treatment. "I didn't really feel much pain, because I was too shocked," said Luke from his parents' home in Port Elizabeth.
"Only once I saw the blood running down my leg, did it become painful."
The shark disappeared into the waves.
'I won't go after a shark in the water again'
"I wouldn't say I'm now scared of sharks, but I won't go after a shark in the water again," said Luke.
"We saw the shark lying there in the water (about half-a-metre deep). He didn't look that big."
Ray Farnham, NSRI station commander at Plettenberg Bay, who happened to be at the same beach after a training session, saw the boys at around 21:30.
They had at that stage been struggling with the shark for about two hours.
"I stood watching the guy and thought: the thing is going to bite you!" said Farnham.
According to Farnham, the incident went to show that anglers should be careful about touching their catch. "In this case, the shark reacted instinctively and bit."
- Die Burger