Cape Town - A UCT student survived a great white shark attack in Plettenberg Bay yesterday, suffering multiple bites wounds that narrowly missed his major organs and arteries.
Authorities have warned beachgoers to stay out of the sea in the area until they are given the all-clear.
The student, Dylan Reddering, 23, is from Plettenberg Bay and studies in Cape Town.
He is the son of a sea rescue volunteer and was surfing at Look Out Beach when he was attacked around 5.10pm yesterday.
The NSRI’s Plettenberg Bay station commander, Deon Truter, said a crew had been sent to the area following reports that surfers had gathered around a fellow surfer.
Witnesses also called the NSRI saying a surfer had been attacked by a shark.
“On arrival it was determined that Reddering had been rescued from the water by fellow surfers Lloyd Chapman, Adriaan Augustyn, Wotjeck Orzechowski and his son Tadj.
“Dylan was found to be suffering lacerations and bite marks on the right side of his body, on his ribs, on his buttocks and on his leg.”
But despite his wounds, Reddering remained calm and in good spirits, and was rushed to hospital.
“At the hospital, medical staff continued with treatment and it appears that the bites have missed major organs and missed major arteries, and the patient requires sutures.
“The species of shark has not been determined although it is suspected to be a 2-3m white shark. White sharks are common to the area.”
He said there were also bite marks on Reddering’s surfboard, and that authorities would analyse these for research purposes.
Reddering was transferred from the Plettenberg Bay Medi-Clinic to the Care Knysna Private Hospital.
“Bathers and surfers are urged to be cautious in the area following this incident.
“The public are advised to preferably stay out of the water until municipal authorities advise further,” Truter said.