Thursday 14 December 2017

Tourist dies after attack by great white

Sebastien Berger in Johannesburg

A man has been attacked and killed by a great white shark off a beach near Cape Town.

Lloyd Skinner (37), whose mother was born to British missionaries in Mozambique, was standing in the sea, 20 yards from the shore, at Fish Hoek when the shark struck.

"We saw the shark come back twice," said Phyllis McCartain, from Arundel in England.

She added: "It had the man's body in its mouth, and his arm was in the air. Then the sea was full of blood."

Her friend, Denis Lundon, added that the swimmer was thrust out of the water.

"I never want to experience this again. I'm going to block it out of my mind," he said.

Kyle Johnston, who was swimming close by, said: "We looked at the walkway and saw people waving towels at us, then we looked further out to sea and saw what looked like blood, and a man's leg come up."

Sharks, including great whites, are common off South Africa's shores, but attacks on humans are relatively rare, with only a few reported each year.

Mr Skinner was married and his wife was understood to have been with him on the beach.

He held an MBA from the University of Cape Town and was a Zimbabwean citizen who had been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo.His father is a prominent figure in the mining industry in Katanga. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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