The shark first bit Struwig on the right leg and foot and then paused before biting him on the chest and shoulder and dragging him underwater to the sand bottom, thrashing as it swam down. The surfers reckon he was underwater for 20-25 seconds.
Denver Struwig, 27 suffered lacerations to his upper left arm and right leg and foot from a shark attack while surfing with two friends at Chintsa East, near East London in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The attack was reportedly by a 3-metre bull shark, locally known as Zambezi sharks. The incident happened around 11am on Friday 22 July 2011.
The attack was witnessed by a two other surfers in the water, one just 5 metres away (who had an electrical shark repellent ‘shark pod’ attached to his board). The shark first bit Struwig on the right leg and foot and then paused before biting him on the chest and shoulder and dragging him underwater to the sand bottom, thrashing as it swam down. The surfers reckon he was underwater for 20-25 seconds. They say they thought that that was the end of Struwig, but then the shark let him go and swam off.
Struwig floated to the surface and the other two surfers paddled over, put him on his board and the three of them made their way back to the beach.
The surfer with the shark pod reckons it was most likely this device that made the shark swim off.
Struwig’s family on the beach, who had witnessed the attack, emergency rescue services. They staunched Struwig’s bleeding wounds with towels while they waited for paramedics.
According to TheBombSurf report Struwig received a bad wound on his right shin, a deep laceration on his inner thigh which narrowly missed the femoral artery. He had a laceration and row of puncture wounds on his abdomen just below the ribs and a laceration on his left shoulder just above his shoulder blade.
He was taken to St Dominic’s Hospital, East London and was expected to make a full recovery.
Greg Emslie, South African pro surfer, faced off a 4-metre Great White shark while surfing at Queensbury Bay, East London, South Africa on Saturday 22 May.
The shark circled and charged him several times while he was on his board with feet and hands out of the water. He was uninjured, but terrified 2010
Emslie said he kept eye contact with the shark the whole time while remaining absolutely still throughout the ordeal which lasted about 3 minutes. He said the shark came so close he could have touched it.
He was quoted in the Daily Dispatch as saying:
“I am glad I stayed calm and still … if I tried to paddle away I think it would have gone for me.
“When he came up next to me like a submarine, I thought I was dead.
“It came straight at me three or four times … it was so close, I could have touched it with my hands.
“The only time I closed my eyes was to pray … when I opened them a wave came straight at me and I took one stroke and caught it [back to the shore].”
Michal du Plessis, 19, suffered multiple lacerations to his right leg above and below the knee after being bitten by a shark while surfing at Yellow Sands Point, just north of East London on South Africa’s east coast. The incident happened on Tuesday morning, 17 February 2010.
He told the Daily Dispatch:
“We had been in the water for about an hour-and-a-half and I was paddling into a wave when something hit me on the side and knocked me off my (surf) board.
He said he fell off his board and went underwater where he turned to see what knocked him off and found himself face to face with a shark.
He shouted to his friends to get out of the water.
“Even before I saw it, I knew it was a shark. There was nothing else out there that could have hit me, and I knew we had to get out before it struck again.”
He said although he felt no pain he was worried he’d lost his leg. When he looked down he saw the wound and lots of blood in the water.
“My friends helped me across the rocks, tied a board leash on my leg to stop the bleeding and rushed me to the Crossways Pharmacy,” where he was stabilised and given an anti-shock injection.
From there he was taken to Life St Dominic’s Hospital in East London.
Not detail about which type of shark it was, was mentioned in the report.