Lucky escape as Plett man is knocked off ski by great white shark

APRIL 22, 2016

At 08h36, on Friday morning, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) station in Plettenberg Bay were activated following reports of five surf-skiers involved in a shark encounter at Robberg at The Wreck, about 400 meters off-shore of Robberg Beach.

"NSRI Plettenberg Bay responded to the scene and the sea rescue craft Airlink Rescuer was launched.

"On arrival on the scene five men, all locals from Plettenberg Bay, aged in their 50's and 60's, reported that while paddling on a regular paddle one of the surf-ski's had been pushed from behind violently causing the paddler, Dave Manson, to be thrown out of the surf-ski," said NSRI spokesperson, Craig Lambinon.

"Realising that it was a shark that had pushed the surf-ski from behind, and the incident, which was witnessed by some of the other paddlers, Dave managed to get back into his surf-ski when the surf-ski started to sink and it was noticed that the back of the surf-ski had been bitten off by the shark."

According to Lambinon, Dave then abandoned his surf-ski and grabbed one of his fellow paddlers surf-ski's and held onto the surf-ski while the remaining four men paddled ashore.

"Once safely ashore they raised the alarm.

"The five paddlers, Dave Manson, Douglas Hill, Peter Green, Mike Briereley and Neil Kilpatric are certain that the shark was a White Shark and quite large," said Craig Lambinon.

"The bite marks will be investigated to determine the shark size.

"No one was injured in the incident and NSRI recovered the surf-ski from the water and returned the surf-ski to the paddlers."

NSRI are urging the public to be cautious. It is now well known that at this time of the year sharks migrate close in-shore to feed as part of their natural habit and NSRI urge paddlers, surfers and bathers to be cautious and to be aware of this natural phenomenon.

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