Shark bites Cape surfer
Fri, 01 Oct 2010 4:44
A young surfer was taken to hospital after being bitten on the foot by a shark at Melkbaai in the Strand on Friday afternoon, emergency services said.
ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser said the incident happened at about 2.30 pm.
Another private ambulance service, the first to be summoned to the scene, had called in ER24 as a precaution because it could provide an advanced life support paramedic.
However, the surfer, who appeared to be a teenager, had relatively minor injuries to his foot.
He had three deep lacerations, penetrating to the bone, and had lost blood.
He was treated on the spot and en route to hospital, Visser said.
The National Sea Rescue Institute issued a seasonal shark warning at the end of August, saying bathers, paddlers and surfers should be aware of sharks' seasonal migration closer towards shore, and should be "extremely cautious".
Bathers and surfers had then been cleared from the sea by shark spotters at Muizenberg and at Fish Hoek on several occasions after sharks were spotted close to the shore.