South Africa: Young male surfer, 20, bitten by White Shark in Muizenberg – Multi-agency response – Published 010814 1715z (UTC)

“At 14h07, Friday, 01 August, NSRI Simonstown volunteer sea rescue duty crew and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark while surfing off-shore of the Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach.

The man was reported to have been assisted out of the water.

NSRI Simonstown volunteers, CMR paramedics and a CMR ambulance, the SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS, City of Cape Town Law Enforcement, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and the Red Cross AMS Skymed helicopter responded.

NSRI Strandfontein were placed on alert.

On arrival on-scene a 20 year old male, from Newlands (originally from Durban), was found to be in a stable condition with multiple lacerations to his lower limbs (some of which are deep lacerations) and an avulsion to the left thigh.

A member of the public had begun first aid treatment on the scene prior to paramedics arriving and the member of the public had cut the surf board leash from the surfers surf board and had tied the leash around the patients limbs to act as a tourniquet to stem the flow of blood.

The man has been airlifted by the Skymed helicopter to hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.

He was assisted out of the water by his friend.

At the time of the incident the Shark Spotters were flying the Black Shark Flag (indicating poor water and weather visibility conditions – a misty haze) and a bystander had approached the shark spotters to inform them that they had seen a shark fin in the water and the incident happened when the Shark Siren (indicating swimmers and surfers to clear the water) was in the process of being activated.

Shark Spotters and Law Enforcement officers have closed Muizenberg Beach and bathers and surfers along the False Bay coastline are urged to exercise caution.

The species of shark involved has been confirmed by the bite marks to have been a White Shark and eye-witness accounts suggest the shark to have been between 3 and 4 meters in length but the length of the shark cannot be confirmed pending further investigations.

These pictures are low resolution but are available on Sea Rescue’s Flickr page.

” – NSRI

At 14h07, Friday, 01 August, NSRI Simon's Town volunteer sea rescue duty crew and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark while surfing off-shore of the Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach.

At 14h07, Friday, 01 August, NSRI Simon's Town volunteer sea rescue duty crew and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark while surfing off-shore of the Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach.

 

UK: Teen rescued in rough seas by Cullercoats Lifeboat, aided by unknown local surfer. Highlights spring tides and ground swell danger – 080913 2310z

Following a 999 call made by a member of the public reporting a young boy in difficulties in the sea at Browns Bay in Whitley Bay, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of RNLI Cullercoats lifeboat at 5.34pm on Saturday 7 September.

 

Within 8 minutes the lifeboat, Hylton Burdon with the volunteer crew of Peter Clark, Leading Helmsman, Andy Small and Curtis Dunn were at the scene. Directed by volunteers of Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, they found a 13 year old local boy floundering in the water and in difficulty. He was only about 15 yards from the coastline but with the tide at its highest and a large sea swell he was unable to get back to the rocks nearby and was getting very tired.

 

Fortunately, whilst the lifeboat was making its way to the scene a local surfer who was walking nearby was also alerted to the boys danger. He entered the water with his surfboard and was able to reach the boy and maintain his position in the area of the water.

 

Once at the scene one of the crew jumped into the sea and was able to get to the casualty and with the help of his fellow volunteer crew members he was able to get the boy on-board the lifeboat with the aid of a safety rope. The surfer was able to make his own way back to the safety of the nearby rocks.

Teenager rescued from water

Credit: RNLI/Michael Scott
Teenager rescued from water

Casualty helped in water byvolunteer crew member

Credit: RNLI/Michael Scott
Casualty helped in water byvolunteer crew member

 

The teenager’s welfare was immediately assessed on the lifeboat where it was ascertained that he had been in the water for some time and was very cold and possibly suffering from shock. He was given a waterproof/windproof covering and taken back to the lifeboat station where he was met and assessed by a Paramedic from the North East Ambulance Service. The teenager was given medical attention at the station and was released back to his family 1 hour later.

 

Peter Clark, Leading Helmsman Cullercoats RNLI said: Browns Bay is notorious at high tide for its dangerous sea swells and the rocks in the area create large waves. Once we arrived he was very tired and weak, any longer in the water and it may have been a different situation. I would like to thank the local surfer who kept the boy secure before we arrived.

 

Frank Taylor, Operations Manager at Cullercoats RNLI said: Routine water activity becomes very dangerous with spring tides and ground swell. This boy is lucky to have been rescued. ” – RNLI

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Surfer punches 10ft tiger #shark on nose after it bite his foot. #Maritime #Surfing #News

“The average surfer may finally be able to score some uncrowded waves on North Shore. So why aren’t we jumping for joy? Probably because sometime around 12:45pm on Tuesday, what is believed to have been a 10-foot tiger shark bit down on the left foot of Joshua Holley, a 28-year-old surfer from Waialua who had been enjoying a murky solo session on the North Shore of Oahu.

“I felt this unreal push on the left side of my body and it was like this popping sensation on my foot. I look down to my left and I see this huge dorsal fin,”

Holley told Hawaii News Now.”Survival mode kicked in and I punched it really hard once and then twice. I didn’t want to panic or go into shock or anything like that.” The attack occurred in the channel between Alligator Rock and Leftovers, eerily resembling another grisly encounter at the same spot almost two decades ago. “We had that rash of shark attacks across the North Shore in 1992,” remembers North Shore fixture Bernie Baker. “The incident at Leftovers that took the life of a bodyboarder was under identical wind conditions — a hard west sea breeze pushing up from the Haleiwa side of the North Shore.

His board was found the next morning a mile up the coast, blown across the ocean through the night and found in the Waimea Bay stream pond.” That attack bookmarked a horrifying period in Hawaiian history that left ocean scientists baffled, as tiger sharks began attacking surfers and swimmers on April 3rd, 1991, including four fatalities and nine other attacks on waveriders along three islands over the next 33 months. Many execs in the tourism industry and locals alike rallied for a massive extermination campaign, while other native Hawaiians cited that sharks were aumakua (ancestral guardians) and should be spared. Prior to this bloody era, the only fatality directly attributed to a shark attack occurred in 1958. With two strangers named Thomas and Jason assisting him to shore, Holley was taken to Wahiawa General Hospital. He is now recovering at home while longtime North Shore residents pray this isn’t another toothy trend like the one that began plaguing the Aloha State almost 21 years ago to the day of Holley’s attack. In the meantime, waveriders and swimmers alike are urged to stay out of the water until lifeguards deem it safe to return. Warning signs are posted at Ali’i Beach Park, Chun’s Reef Support Park, Ehukai Beach Park, Haleiwa Beach Park, Ke’Waena Beach Park, Laniakea Beach Support Park, Sunset Beach Park and Wai.”

Thursday, 05 April, 2012 at 19:24 (07:24 PM) UTC RSOE