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Paddler survives shark attack in Plettenberg Bay

The National Sea Rescue Institute was alerted to the attack just after 7am on Monday morning.

FILE: Plettenberg Bay viewed from Robberg Peninsula. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

CAPE TOWN – A paddler has survived a shark encounter about 400 metres off shore from the Keurbooms Lagoon in Plettenberg Bay.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was alerted just after 7am on Monday morning.

No one was injured.

Fifty-five-year-old Ben Swart, from Pretoria, has given details to the institute about his encounter with what he says was a four metre great white.

The NSRI’s Craig Lambinon says, “It appears that the shark bridged from underneath him without a warning and knocked him into the air; he fell into the water. And there’s also quite a chunk taken out of his surf ski, which appears to have been bitten.”