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Shark incident in Plettenberg Bay

At approximately 9h40 on Sunday 22 April 2018, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a man bumped off his paddle-ski at Robberg Beach, Plettenberg Bay, by a shark that appears to have breached from under the paddle-ski and biting a hole in the paddle-ski.

The sea rescue craft Ray Farnham and Airlink Rescuer were launched. A NSRI rescue vehicle, ER24 ambulance services, WC Government Health EMS and the AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter also responded.

On arrival on the scene a 33 year old local man was found safe ashore after a shark, reported to be approximately a 2.5 meter White shark, bit a hole in the hull of his paddle-ski while he was paddling.

Following the incident the man lost his balance and landed in the water. He proceeded to swim to shore wher he climbed onto rocks. He was was not injured.

NSRI recovered his paddle-ski from the water and the man was transported to Wreck beach on board a sea rescue craft He required no medical attention and no further assistance was required.

WC Government Health EMS and the AMS/EMS Skymed rescue helicopter were stood down prior to arriving on the scene.

NSRI urge bathers and paddlers to be alert, particularly at this time of the year, where it is known that sharks tend to come closer in-shore to feed as part of their natural feeding habits.


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