FATAL – 29 August 2009 – Glentana Bay, Southern Cape, South Africa – surfer attacked
Gerhard van Zyl, 25, died after being attacked by a shark while surfing at Glentana Bay, near Mossel Bay on the southern Cape coast, South Africa. The incident occurred just after 3.30pm on Saturday 29 August 2009.
According to reports Van Zyl’s right leg had been almost completely severed below the knee. A friend pulled him from the water and helped tie a tourniquet around his leg. He was airlifted by emergency services to a hospital in the nearby town of George in a critical condition. He died later at the hospital.
There were no witness comments reported and it was not known what type of shark was responsible for the attack.