26 May 2005

British surfer attacked by shark in Eastern Cape

A surfer received a hundred stitches after being attacked by a shark at the mouth of the Kei River, in the Eastern Cape, on Wednesday.

National Sea Rescue Institute spokesperson Craig Lambinon said Jay Catarall, 32, was surfing with two other people when the shark bit him on his buttocks and the back of both legs.

Initial reports suggested that he was attacked by a ragged tooth shark.

Sharks Board officials were at the scene trying to determine what type of shark it was.

Lambinon said Catarall, who was from the United Kingdom, was back at his hotel as he preferred not to stay in hospital.

He said that to his knowledge attacks were not common in the area.

Source: www.iol.co.za


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