16 November 2004

Latest Shark Attack Statistics in South Africa

October 2003: David Bornman died from injuries inflicted by a great white shark at Noordhoek.

April 2004: John Paul Andrew (17) lost his right leg to a great white shark while surfing at Muizenberg in the Cape. His recovery was considered a miracle after his heart stopped on the beach and he was only resuscitated later in the emergency room. He has since received a prosthetic leg and has started surfing again.

Later that month, a fisherman came face to face with a breaching great white whose eye was just centimetres from his own.

In June 2004, Nkosinathi Mayaba was killed by a Great White near Gansbaai.

August 2004: KwaZulu Natal fisherman were terrified when a great white shark jumped out of the water and attacked their ski boat. Later they found teeth marks on the back of the boat and a bent propeller.

October 2004: SA Masters surf champion Wayne Monk had his right foot tugged on by a ragged-tooth shark at Jeffreys Bay. Monk suffered five bites on the top, and two underneath the foot.

According to Natal Sharks Board statistics, there have been 71 shark attacks in Cape waters since 1990 - seven fatal. In KwaZulu-Natal there has been one fatality in 16 attacks since 1991.


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