A shark attack victim is recovering at a George hospital after being attacked by a shark at Morris Point in the Skulpiesbaai Nature Reserve in Stilbaai on Sunday afternoon.
The surfer named Stuart Anderson was at a range of about 50 metres from the shore line when he was attacked. He sustained serious injuries in the region of his hip, knee and also a gaping wound was visible on his calf muscle.
"You don’t ever want to see this kind of thing in your life," a friend of injured surfer Stuart Anderson told media on Monday morning.
"I was watching him surfing, it was a beautiful wave and I went to fetch my surfboard. I was gone for about three minutes and when I got back I just saw everyone running," said the friend, who asked not to be named by the media.
"I saw someone in the water and he couldn't get up, I thought he'd had a stroke. I ran forward and then saw that he was bleeding. There was a huge, gaping flesh wound.”
The eye witness as well as a fellow surfer who had been in the water when the shark attacked Anderson, were able to get to him. They picked him up and carried him onto the beach.
They attended to Anderson’s wounds with a shark attack kit that was supplied to them by two bystanders, they managed to tie a tourniquet around his groin area. Once he had been bandaged, he was taken to the NSRI headquarters where he went under stabilisation procedures. Anderson was then airlifted to George Hospital.
The witness told media that the shark attack kit was kept in the parking lot where surfers usually dressed, and that local surfers had been told what to do should a shark attack happen.
The shark that attacked Anderson has not been located.