Beaches were closed early on Sunday due to a shark attack incident which claimed the life of, what is believed to be, a 39-year-old female from Cape Town.
Bitou municipality and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) appealed to the public to exercise caution along the Plettenberg Bay and Southern Cape coastline.
“This sadly follows a fatal shark incident at central beach on Sunday morning. NSRI Plettenberg Bay and the police were activated at 7.53am following reports of a shark incident at central beach,” says NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon.
“The sea rescue craft Eric Stratford was launched. [At the scene], the body of what is believed to be a 39-year-old female from Cape Town was recovered from the water and brought to the beach.”
Lambinon said the body was taken into the care of police and government forensic health pathology services. An inquest docket has been opened.
Our sincerest condolences are conveyed to the family and friends of the victim.
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