Giant shark kills man

Last updated 08:23 20/04/2012

A man dies after a great white shark bites his leg off in the second fatal attack in two years in the waters around Cape Town.

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A man body-boarding off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, has died after a five-metre-long great white shark bit off his leg, the country's National Sea Rescue Institute says.

"There are no other bite marks or lacerations on the deceased man's body - only the complete amputation of the right leg and the leg has not been recovered," it said.

The attack occurred on an isolated beach popular with surfers. The area, southeast of the city, has since been closed.

It is the second fatal shark in just over two years in the waters round Cape Town.

A Zimbabwean man was eaten in January 2010 by a great white described by witnesses "longer than a minibus", and in September a swimmer was severely injured but survived an attack in the Fish Hoek area of False Bay.

Numerous sharks are drawn to the area to feed on the large number of seals populating Seal Island, a rocky outcrop in the middle of False Bay.

The City of Cape Town has proposed setting up a shark exclusion net, similar to that used in Hong Kong and some Australian cities, to ensure the safety of bathers and surfers along the popular strip of beach.

It also employs shark spotters to warn bathers about sharks in the area.

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- Reuters

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