A Great White Shark bit off a mans right leg and part of his left foot ninety minutes after the South African authorities closed down the beach and warned people not to go in to the water.
Michael Cohen, 42, an expatriate is now in Cape Town hospital and remains in a critical condition following the shark attack.
On the morning of the attack three sharks were spotted in the water which prompted the authorities to close the beach.
Mr Cohen was the only swimmer in the water approximately 50m offshore when the shark attacked him:
“It repeatedly bit at both of his legs, causing the complete amputation of his right leg above the knee and partial amputation of his left leg below the knee.
“He was eventually dragged on to the beach by a member of the public.
He was sedated and stabilised before being airlifted to hospital, where he remains in a serious condition”, said Craig Lambinon of the National Sea Rescue Services.
One eye witness to the shark attack said:
“You could tell there was a shark out there because the seals were coming as close as they could to the beach and the fish were jumping out of the water.”
The latest Great White Shark attack took place close to a stretch of sand known as Clovelly Corner near the popular holiday destination of Fish Hoek and yesterday many of Cape Town’s beaches remained closed to the public following the incident.