Surfer dies in shark attack about 500 km east of Cape Town
A local surfer aged 49 years old has been killed by a shark at Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, around 500 kilometres east of Cape Town. The scenic bay is a major draw for tourists. Tim van Heerden was attacked as he surfed as part of a group close to the mouth of the River Keurbooms, according to reports. The shark was reported to be a “dinosaur-huge” Great White. It is the first fatal shark attack in the area in 15 years. Other surfers in the group managed to pull the victim onto the beach, but he later died from leg injuries.
As reported, the incident follows the freak fatal attack of a British honeymooner in the Seychelles exactly a week ago.
[pictured: Plettenberg Bay; courtesy South Africa Tourism]