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10/11/2013 Burgert van der Westhuizen South Africa *Fatal*

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:29 am
by alb
Fatal shark attack at Jeffreys Bay

Port Elizabeth - A man has died after a shark attack at Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape, the National Sea Rescue Institute said on Friday.

"At approximately 11:30 NSRI Jeffreys Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a shark incident at Lower Point, next to Albatros Beach, Jeffreys Bay," the NSRI said.

Remains of a body, believed to be an adult male, were recovered from the water and handed to police and forensic pathology services.

According to Algoa FM, the man was believed to have been snorkelling when he was attacked.

There were reports that two sharks were involved, but this was apparently due to the large size of the shark involved in the attack, which was estimated to be four metres long.

The beaches in the area have reportedly been closed.

Witnesses took to social media to describe the situation.

Surfer Carel Olivier tweeted: "Just saw NSRI carry the body of a shark attack victim in bag. Hectic man. No surfing today."

Re: 10/11/2013 Burgert van der Westhuizen South Africa *Fat

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:58 pm
by alb
Swimmer bitten in half by great white in South Africa named

The swimmer who was bitten in half by a great white shark in South Africa's Jeffreys Bay has been named as 74-year-old local, Burgert van der Westhuizen.

According to the IB Times, Burgert was an experienced open-water swimmer who regularly swam along the coastline of Jeffreys Bay.

He was snorkelling in the popular surfing area at Lower Point, Albatross Beach in the Eastern Cape on Friday when he was attacked by a 12ft shark.

In what has been described as a terrifying attack, the shark took several bites at van der Westhuizen before a surfer, Terry Olivier, kayaked to the scene and tried to bat the shark away with his oar.

But the animal was not deterred and came back for a second attempt, when Olivier saw the shark grab Burgert's torso and carry it underwater.

Realising there was nothing more he could do, and that he too could be in great danger, he paddled back to the shore.

Allison Kuhl, of the Supertubes Surfing Foundation, said her son Zach has witnessed the attack.

According to the Independent Online, she said: "He saw a shark lifting the man up and down out the water, and there was blood everywhere."

After hearing of the attack, Kuhl raced to the beach. She said: "Through the binoculars I could see that there was blood everywhere. I have seen fins in the water before, but this time you could see a lot of the shark's body. I could also see the man's blue swimming cap."

Witnesses first thought there were two sharks involved because of its length but it was later reported that a single shark more than four metres long killed the Burgert, who was married.

It is the first fatal shark attack at Jeffreys Bay, which is hailed in the top five surfs spots in the world.