Shark doccie cancelled following shark attack

A controversial shark research programme was cancelled with immediate effect following Thursday's fatal...

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A controversial shark research programme was cancelled with immediate effect following Thursday's fatal shark attack near Gordon's Bay.

The Environmental Affairs Ministry recently approved the filming of Shark Men in False Bay.

The documentary raised public concern due to its method of chumming to attract sharks to the research vessels.

However, the ministry's acting director for Coastal and Biodiversity Conservation, Alan Boyd, told Eyewitness News he pulled the plug on the documentary.

"What happened this afternoon is a tragedy and I've cancelled all the Shark Men permits."

Meanwhile, the National Geographic has distanced itself from the _Shark Men _documentary, saying they are not involved in the filming project, and did not renew the series after its previous screening on the channel.

At the same time, the body of a shark attack victim was retrieved from the False Bay coastline.

The young man and his brother were bodyboarding in the waters between Koeƫl Bay and Gordon's Bay when he was attacked.

The area has been cordoned off.

Friends and fellow surfers cried openly as emergency officials started recovering the young man's body.

There are differing eyewitness accounts of what happened, but they all say it was a gruesome sight.

The victim's body will be ferried back to Gordon's Bay.

Fire and Rescue service's Theo Layne said the man was already dead when they got to the scene.