A Durban North resident is lucky to have escaped unharmed after a Great White Shark knocked him off his kayak on Boxing Day at Westbrook Beach.
Grant Wardell took to his Facebook account to share his harrowing escape while he was out fishing. His brother, Jamie helped the former Durban High School pupil back on to his kayak, Northglen News reported.
According to his post the three meter long shark breached the water knocking Wardell off his boat.
“Luckily Jamie was there to help me jump back in the water to turn my boat around. Relieved to be back on land,” the post read.
The shark also left a tooth embedded in his kayak.
This comes after a 19-year-old surfer had his leg amputated following a shark attack at Buffels Bay in the Western Cape in June.
Caleb Swanepoel suffered complete amputation of his right leg above the knee and lacerations to his left leg from the shark bite.
According to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), Swanepoel was on a bodyboard when the attack happened.
A month later, Australian surfer, Mick Fanning was attacked by a Great White Shark in the final heat of a world tour event at Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape.
Fanning was knocked off his board as he battled to fend off the animal. The story and images from the incident later went viral on social media.
– Caxton News Service