NATIONAL SEA RESCUE INSTITUTE (NSRI) MEDIA RELEASE:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEA RESCUE – NSRI – STATION 31, STILBAAI (Still Bay)
SEA RESCUE – JONGENSFONTEIN – Friday, 06th July, 2012. Gauteng man bitten by shark:
Rico Menezies, NSRI Stilbaai station commander, said:
“At 17h15 on the afternoon of Friday, 06th July, NSRI Stilbaai volunteer sea rescue duty crew and the SA Police Force and Cape Nature, were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark while surfing at Sandstrand (Sand Beach), Jongensfontein, 20 kilometers up the coast from Stilbaai – North East of Cape Town, approximately half way between Cape Town and Mossel Bay.
“NSRI Stilbaai volunteer sea rescue duty crew, Cape Nature and Police responded to the scene where the victim was found on the beach suffering two serious lacerations to his left upper leg and serious lacerations to his left knee with serious blood loss but conscious.
“NSRI medics and local doctor, dr. Pieter Joubert, treated the man on-scene, stabilizing him using tournique bandaging and intravenous fluid replacement, to compensate for massive blood loss, and oxygen therapy, and an ER24 ambulance was summoned and the patient has been transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition.
“He was surfing with friends and his fellow surfers, who reportedly witnessed the incident, removed him from the water.
“Initial estimates, based on the eye-witness accounts, and from the bite marks we estimate the shark to have been between 4 and 4.5 meters but the species of shark is not yet confirmed.
“The victim, 29 year old Jacque Mostert, from Eldorado Park, Centurion, Gauteng, was on holiday with friends and we believe his brother is with him too.
“The parents of the victim, in Centurion, have been informed and they are reassured that their son is doing well and in good care.”
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