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 made it to shore uninjured, but he was treated for shock. He did not need to be taken to hospital.
Greg Pickering, 55, suffered ‘substantial’ wounds to his torso and minor wounds to his face from an attack by what is thought to be great white shark while diving for abalone off Poison Creek in Cape Arid National Park, Western Australia. The incident occurred about 10.30am on Tuesday 8 October 2013.
It is not the first time Pickering has been attacked by a shark. In 2004, Pickering survived an attack by a 1.5m bronze whaler while spearfishing with a friend near Cervantes.
The crew of a nearby abalone boat dragged him from the water and tried to stem the bleeding. They rushed him to shore from where he was evacuated to Esperance Hospital where he was treated for bite wounds. A Royal Flying Doctor Service plane then transported him to Jandakot airport from where he was taken by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital. Pickering underwent a 10-hour surgery at the hospital. He was discharged on 15 October.
“By the time I got out there half of him had been taken and the shark was circling.”
Ben Linden, 24, died from his wounds after being attacked by a shark while surfing about 4 km south of Wedge Island, north of Lancelin, Western Australia. The incident happened around 9am on 14 July 2012.
Linden was reportedly with a friend when the attack happened. The attack is believed to be by a great white shark.
A Fisheries Department spokesperson was quoted as saying:
“The two people were in the water surfing or waiting for a wave when the victim was attacked by a shark.”
He said two other surfers, one on a jet ski and the other being towed came over to help when they saw a commotion in the water.
He said the man’s friend and the others surfers were not in a position to help and went back to shore and contacted the police.
He said Linden’s body was not recovered.
The guy on the jetski was quoted as saying:
“I was towing my mate on the back of the jetski and in front of us I just saw a guy get attacked by a shark and I just took my mate straight to the shore and went straight out and there was just blood everywhere and a massive, massive white shark circling the body.
“By the time I got out there half of him had been taken and the shark was circling.
“I tried to lean off the side and pull him on the back, but as I did that, the shark came back and nudged the jet ski to try to knock me off.
“When I came back the second time, he took the rest of him. I just thought about his family and if he had kids. I just wanted to get him to shore. I gave it everything I had.”
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.
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.”
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.