South Africa: Surfer survives shark attack in Port Alfred

Press Release

National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI)

10. July 2019

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Shark incident at East Beach, Port Alfred, and safety advisory:

At approximately, 10h30, Wednesday, 10th July, NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated following reports of a surfer, a local man, aged in his early 20’s, bitten on the leg by what appeared to be a juvenile White shark while surfing with friends at East Beach, Port Alfred.

Ndlambe Municipal authorities, the SA Police Services, Gardmed ambulance services, Ndlambe Municipal Protection Services and NSRI Port Alfred duty crew responded to the scene where the surfer was already safe out the water and attended to by paramedics for lacerations to his leg and he has been transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition.

A cautionary advisory has been issued by Ndlambe Municipality for bathers and paddlers to be aware of this incident and to exercise caution around the coastline of Port Alfred and Ndlambe Municipal Protection Services have closed all beaches around Port Alfred to bathers until further notice as a safety precaution and bathers are urged to heed the warning in light of this incident today for public safety.

We are urging caution to bathers and paddlers in light of this incident today.

Source: NSRI

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