Wednesday, December 18, 2013

South African Surfer Bitten By Shark Near Walker Bay

City of Cape Town & Shark Spotters signage
A 19-year-old surfer was bitten by what is believed to be a 3 meter great white shark while surfing at Die Platt, which is west of De Kelders in Walker Bay, South Africa.

On Monday December 16, 2013 at around 8:45am, Tom Browne was sitting on his board waiting for a wave when he was bitten on his left thigh. The shark's lower jaw cut into Browne's board while its upper jaw made contact with Browne's thigh leaving multiple puncture wounds.

The shark quickly let go and Browne and his fellow surfers were able to catch a wave back to shore.

Once on the beach, fellow surfers rendered first aid and one of his friends drove him to the hospital.

Brown is still in the hospital after having undergone surgery but he is expected to make a full recovery.

Browne told iafrica.com that, "I’ll be fine. I’m still in shock, but I was very, very lucky.

"It’s going to take me some time to get back to that spot, but you won’t keep me out of the water," Browne said.

News Accounts:
I got lucky - shark bite teen - iafrica.com
Shark attacks teen surfer - Independent Online
Teen surfer 'lucky to be alive' after great white shark attack in Cape Town - AOL Travel

Follow Up 01/01/2014: 
The day a great white shark bit my thigh - The Telegraph