Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Man mauled by shark in South Africa 'ignored warnings'

The swimmer entered the water 90 minutes after the shark had been spotted
A man has had a leg bitten off and the other severed below the knee in a shark attack near Cape Town, South Africa.
The 42-year-old - thought to be a British citizen - was swimming at Fish Hoek Beach, even though the area had been closed after a shark sighting.
A white flag warning of the presence of a great white shark was flying.
Amateur footage showed the man being airlifted by helicopter from the scene and a large shark in the water. The man is said to be in a critical condition.
The victim, believed to be a British expatriate living in South Africa, entered the water about an hour and a half after the shark had first been seen.
"It appears [the victim] was rescued from the water by a bystander who left the scene before we could identify him," National Sea Rescue Institute spokesman Craig Lambinon told the South African Press Association.
"The man was conscious when paramedics attended to him on the beach, but was sedated on-scene by paramedics in their efforts to stabilise the patient."

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