Gauteng man attacked and bitten by shark near Stillbaai today

A Gauteng man was attacked and bitten by a 4-metre shark today , 6 July, on his left upper leg and his left knee while surfing at Sand Beach, Jongensfontein, 20 kms up the coast from Stilbaai.

The shark attack victim, 29 year old Jacque Mostert, from Eldorado Park, Centurion, suffered heavy blood loss from two serious lacerations to his leg and others to his knee.

He was removed from the water by friends and fellow surfers who witnessed the attack and removed him from the sea.

He was conscious when NSRI Stilbaai volunteer sea rescue duty crew, Cape Nature and Police reached him on the beach.

Rico Menezies, NSRI Stilbaai station commander, said at 5.17 pm this afternoon NSRI Stilbaai volunteer sea rescue duty crew, the SAP and Cape Nature were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark.

“NSRI medics and local doctor, Dr Pieter Joubert, treated the man on the beach, stabilising him . They used a tourniquet bandaging and intravenous fluid replacement to compensate for massive blood loss, plus oxygen therapy. An ER24 ambulance was summoned and the patient was transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

“Initial estimates based on  eye-witness accounts and from the bite marks we estimate the shark to have been between 4 and 4.5 meters but the species of shark is not yet confirmed,” Menezies says.

Menezies says Mostert was on holiday with friends and it’s believe his brother was with him. “The parents in Centurion have been informed and are reassured their son is doing well and in good care.”

Stillbaai is about half way between Mossel Bay and Cape Town.

See update: https://stfrancischronicle.com/2012/07/07/shark-atack-victim-recovering-in-mossel-bay-hospital/

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