Two spear fisherman had a close encounter with what is believed to be a large Great White Shark off Cape St Francis Point on 4 January 2020.
“We were diving off the Wild Side gulley and had four bonitos on a stringer when a big shark took the fish.
My mate was dragged about 3 – 4m underwater when he let go of his speargun which was attached to a buoy and the stringer,” said Kyle de Villiers who lives in St Francis Bay.
The two divers then swam to shore.
The incident took place no further than 1 km west of the Cape St Francis lighhouse and abour 250 m from shore.
“We saw a smaller Great White Shark the day before, as well as a few Bronze Whalers near the gulley,” added de Villiers.
There has been quite a bit of fish around, especially bonitos which have probably attracted the sharks.”
The speargun and buoy was recovered from the sea by a fishing boat two days after the encounter.
There has been shark activity all along the coastline recently, with two paddlers falling off their skis when a large shark jumped next to them at Oyster Bay while a paddler’s ski was bitten in an incident at Nahoon Reef in East London.
A spear fisherman was also dragged underwater at Natures Valley on 19 December 2019 after spearing a mussel cracker.