A 20-year-old student is recovering well in a Cape Town hospital after being bitten by shark at Muizenberg beach in the Cape Peninsula on Friday. Matthew Smithers sustained multiple lacerations.
He was attacked by a great white shark while surfing at the beach. He sustained multiple lacerations to his legs and is recovering in the Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Pinelands.
Smithers says: “I was surfing out at Muizenberg for about half an hour when I was facing towards the back line, the shark attacked me from underneath, behind me, and attacked my board and both legs. The shark bit into me and I flew off my board and looked at the shark, it circled me once and then left me alone and proceeded to paddle back on my board to the beach.”
Smithers say he is lucky to be alive. “I received a lot of help from the locals and the medic teams were very good. I was very lucky in term of the bites. No bone damage was done. I only suffered four quite deep wounds in each leg, but seems all right, I feel fine, happy and grateful.”
The City of Cape Town has meanwhile reopened Muizenberg beach but has warned beach users to exercise extreme caution when entering the water.
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