A local surfer, Tim van Heerden was attacked by a shark while surfing at Lookout Beach in Plettenberg Bay this morning. Tragically he died after his femoral artery was severed during the attack.
Other surfers who witnessed the attack say that a Great White Shark of around 2 m in size was responsible.
There have been quite a few sightings of Great White Sharks in Plettenberg Bay in recent times and the Sabrina Love Ocean Swim was nearly cancelled in December 2010 after 3 sharks were spotted along the swim route from Robberg Peninsula to Main Beach.
Van Heerden lost a lot of blood and his leg was badly bitten in two places. He was helped from the water by fellow surfers but had lost too much blood during the attack.
A local ocean swimmer from Plettenberg Bay said that he has spotted a number of sharks in the area. “If you hang around on the Robberg Peninsula long enough you pretty much guaranteed of seeing a shark, sometimes even really huge sharks”, said the distraught swimmer.
Our condolences to the family and friends of the victim.