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Public warned after teen attacked by shark on St Francis Bay beach

Apr 3, 2018
Public warned after teen attacked by shark on St Francis Bay beach

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in St Francis Bay, Municipal lifeguards and local authorities at St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis on Tuesday urged bathers,  surfers and paddlers to not enter the water at local beaches following a shark attack incident at Cape St Francis Beach on Tuesday.

"Local authorities are monitoring and will advise on the status and local Municipal lifeguards are flying the No Swimming Shark Sighting flag specifically at Cape St Francis Beach," described Stuart Obray, NSRI St Francis Bay deputy station commander.

"At 15h05, Tuesday, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew and our local doctor were activated following reports of a local 19-year-old male surfer bitten on the knee by a shark while surfing close in-shore at Cape St Francis Beach."

He said that the NSRI crew responded to the scene where the surfer was found to already be on the beach after friends and fellow surfers assisted him from the water and local Municipal lifeguards had initiated medical care treating the patient for shock and for lacerations to his left knee and below the left knee and placing the patient on a stretcher.

"NSRI medics and our local doctor assisted the lifeguards treating the patient.

"Private Care ambulance services were summoned and the patient has been transported to hospital in a stable condition by Private care ambulance and he is accompanied by family members," Obray said.

"The SA Police Services were also in attendance at the scene.

"A shark bite kit stored at the beach was used to assist in the treatment of the patient."

He said that the species of shark remains unknown and initial observations suggest that the injuries may have been caused by a relatively small shark, but this cannot be confirmed at this stage.

"Shark working groups will investigate.

"Local authorities were appealed to investigate licensed shark fishing being conducted nearby from a fishing boat using a chumming method  to determine if this activity may contribute to increased shark activity in close proximity to recreational beaches during the school vacation," Obray added.

"The surfers who assisted to get the teenager out of the water and the local lifeguards who immediately initiated medical treatment are commended for their swift actions."