NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a shark attack at Sanctuary Beach, on the Robberg side of Robberg 5, Plettenberg Bay.
NSRI rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene and 2 NSRI rescue craft were launched.
On arrival, the body of an adult male, believed to be a local man, was located and recovered from the water at the back surf line, onto an NSRI rescue craft. The body was brought to the NSRI Plettenberg Bay rescue station.
An NSRI doctor, WC Government Health EMS and the SA Police Services responded. Sadly, the injuries sustained were fatal and the man was declared deceased by the doctor. Family of the man are reportedly in the care of police and counsellors.
Our sincerest condolences to the loved ones of the victim.
Bitou Municipality has closed beaches in Plettenberg Bay.
NSRI and Bitou Municipality are appealing to bathers, paddlers, sailors and boaters in Plettenberg Bay and along the Southern Cape coastline to exercise caution following this fatal incident.
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