SCARED – 10 June 2017 — Casuarina Point, Bunbury, Western Australia — bodyboarder bumped off his board

Paul Goff, 48, was bodyboarding 30 metres off Casuarina Point in Bunbury, Western Australia, when a 4-metre great white shark knocked him off his board and then returned and bit his board before disappearing.

Paul Goff was knocked from his bodyboard by a 4-metre great white which then bit the board.
Paul Goff was knocked from his bodyboard by a 4-metre great white which then bit the board.

Paul made it to shore uninjured, but he was treated for shock. He did not need to be taken to hospital.

Benny Dreg of Dreg Surf Photography made this video of Paul coming ashore.

Paul Goff was knocked off his bodyboard by a 4 metre great white
Paul Goff and his bodyboard

“I had a hit from under the board that knocked me up into the air and sent my body back towards the beach, [and] the board towards the ocean.

“The shark came up between me and the board, and went towards the board…. I pulled the leash off my wrist, let go of my bodyboard, and turned and started paddling towards the beach.

“I was 30 metres out, knowing that I was the only one still in the water and not knowing where the shark was.”

“I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through the white wash.”

Police said the shark was chased away by three local dolphins.

Paul said he won’t let this incident keep him away from the surf.

“The chances of it happening twice to the same person, you’d have to say are zero. So I think I’m good.”

Sources:

Photo: West Australia Police

FATAL – 29 April 2017 – Pointe au Sel, Reunion – bodyboarder attacked

Adrien Dubosc, reunion, shark attack
Adrien Dubosc, 28

Adrien Dubosc, 28, was bitten in the right thigh and groin area by a shark (species not identified – though it was likely a bull shark or tiger shark) while body boarding with two friends at Pointe au Sel, on Reunion island in the Indian Ocean. The attack happened on Saturday morning 29 April 2017.

Pointe au Sel is a short distance south of the well-known St Leu surf spot.

The attack came two months after one of his best friends, Alexandre Naussac, 26, was killed by a shark at a nearby beach.

Dubosc was a shark enthusiast and member of Shark Watch Patrol, whose job it is to keep an eye out for sharks while people surf and swim. The Shark Watch Patrol was set up as the number of shark attacks on Reunion has increased dramatically with 21 attacks, nine of them fatal, in the past six years.

 

 

“The young man was in the water with two friends, when a shark attacked him, biting his right thigh, and his groin area.

“The victim was pulled out of the water, and emergency workers arrived very quickly. Despite cardiac massage, he died within half an hour of the attack,” police were quoted as saying.

 

Sources:

The Morning Bulletin

The Sun

New Zealand Herald

Photo: Facebook

 

INJURED – 28 August 2013 – Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, Florida, USA – boogie boarder bitten

Riley Breihan, 11, suffered minor lacerations to the lower left calf and heel from a shark bite.
Riley Breihan, 11, suffered minor lacerations to the lower left calf and heel from a shark bite.

An 11-year-old girl, Riley Breihan, was bitten by a small shark while boogie boarding in knee deep water. She suffered minor lacerations to the lower left calf and heel.

She is told WESH TV after the incident: “I just think it is a miracle that none of my toes came off or like a chunk of meat came off.”

She said it hurt and she ran out of the water. Bystanders scooped her up and her grandparents took her to the hospital.

Doctors pulled out a small shark tooth embedded in her leg.

Source:
WESH TV

PIC Source:
WESH TV

INJURED – 2 June 2012 — Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States – body boarder bitten

Ryan Orellana-Maczynski’s shark bite wound. The photo was taken shortly after the incident off Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States,

Ryan Orellana-Maczynski, 25, was bitten on the left foot by a small shark while body boarding near 2nd Avenue Pier, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States.

The incident happened about 7.45pm on Saturday 2 June 2012.

“I was sitting on the waves so my feet were dangling and I felt something tug my foot. It was not forceful by any means, but I just felt something there,” he said.

He told media he fought the shark for about 30 seconds and jabbed it in the eyes which made it release its grip.

Some others on the beach helped him from the water. The bite severed an artery, according to Orellana-Maczynski, and the wound was bleeding a lot.

Orellana-Maczynski had surgery on his foot and was expected to make a full recovery.

It wasn’t reported where he was taken to hospital or what type of shark it was.

Sources:
Daily Mail
WBTV

UPDATE to FATAL shark attack on surfer at KOEEL BAY, outside Cape Town, South Africa – 19 April 2012

The shark responsible for the attack – shot by Sven Thoresen shortly after the attack and uploaded to Twitter. @sven110975

It was like someone pushed a button to turn the sea from a clear blue to dark red, that’s how quickly he was losing blood from the wound.

David Lilienfeld, 20, was killed by a shark while bodyboarding at Koeel Bay (Kogel Baai), near Cape Town, South Africa. The shark is presumed to be a great white 4-5 metres long. There were two sharks in the area when the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) boat arrived on the scene.

The attack took place at a surf spot called Caves at Koeel Bay in the afternoon of Thursday 19 April 2012.

Lilienfeld was a Springbok bodyboarder and placed 5th in the South African bodyboarding championships in 2011.

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David Lilienfeld surfing at Camps Bay, Cape Town

A witness to the attack said the shark repeatedly attacked Lilienfeld. His leg was severed in the ordeal as he tried to fight off the shark with his bodyboard.

Lilienfled was pulled from the water by his brother. He was confirmed dead on the scene by rescue personnel.

A witness who was had just come in from a surf and was on the beach at the time of the attack told the press the surf was “really fun”. He had gone in and was sitting on the beach when “I saw a huge dorsal fin of a shark surface near to the two bodyboarders, and close in on them.”

He said Lilienfeld tried to fight off the shark by pushing his bodyboard between himself and the great white, but “the shark kept coming back, a second and I think a third time, before it got his leg. It was like someone pushed a button to turn the sea from a clear blue to dark red, that’s how quickly he was losing blood from the wound.”

“I think it took about 8 minutes to get the young bodyboarder to shore, but you could already tell by that time that he’d lost a lot of blood.”

The witness told ZigZag that he had been surfing at Koeel Bay for the past 19 years “but something doesn’t feel right there anymore”.

“I’ve got a feeling I am going to regret coming down to the beach for this surf for a long time. The visual memory of the bodyboarder being attacked is going to be stuck in the back of my mind and although I’ve often surfed Caves alone, I don’t think I will be doing that anymore – at least for a long time to come.”

“It was a horror show. It looked like something from the Jaws movie.”

Chumming debate
A serious debate that has been ongoing for some time about chumming — throwing blood and guts into — the water in the vicinity where the attack took place  to attract sharks for shark cage diving and documentary filming has come to the fore in South Africa following this tragic incident. For more on the debate read this article in ZigZag.

The City of Cape Town released a report of the attack – in an effort to clarify exacty what happened and also weigh in on the chumming debate.
Report and Review of Events at Kogel Bay “Caves” After Great White Shark Attack

Sources:

News24

ZigZag

Wavescape

PIC Source:
Sixty40

Shark pic via ZigZag|
Shot by Sven Thoresen and uploaded to Twitter. @sven110975