Cape surfer (19) recovering after shark attack

Ross Spowart was surfing with a group of friends at Seal Point Beach on Tuesday when he encountered a shark.

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CAPE TOWN - A 19-year-old surfer is recovering in hospital after he was bitten by a shark in Cape St Francis.

Ross Spowart was surfing with a group of friends at Seal Point Beach on Tuesday when he encountered a shark.

Gavin Spowart says his son Ross was given medical treatment after he swam back to shore with the help of rescuers.

He was then rushed to a hospital. He suffered lacerations to his left leg.

Spowart explains what happened: β€œHe [Ross] was paddling back out to the line-up when he was attacked by a shark after a wave pushed him in a different direction. The shark caught his knee and part of his calves.”

He says the family is relieved he survived the ordeal.

Seal Point Beach has been closed as a precaution and the situation will be assessed on Wednesday.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)