'Shark bites' found on drowned schoolboy
March 24 2006 at 07:58AM
This article was originally published on page 3 of Cape Times on March 24, 2006
By Leanne Raymond
Bite marks, possibly those of a shark, have been found on the body of a schoolboy that has washed up a day after a rip current swept the teenager out to sea off Port Alfred's West Beach.Lorenzo Kroutz's body washed up on West Beach yesterday afternoon, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.He said Lorenzo, 17, had been bitten. He declined to give details of the extent of the bites, but said they appeared to be from a shark.An autopsy, to be performed early next week, would establish whether Lorenzo had drowned before being bitten and what kind of shark attacked him."We are trying to establish when last there was a shark attack here - no one can remember one in the past 10 years."Lambinon said Lorenzo, who was from Philipstown, had been attending the Grahamstown sci-fi festival with other pupils from his school, Colesberg High. Lorenzo disappeared when he and the others went swimming on Wednesday afternoon. Members of NSRI Port Alfred, the police service and Ndlambe Environmental Conservation searched for Lorenzo until late at night. Patrols looked for him at intervals yesterday.
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