NSRI Hermanus Plettenberg Bay

A 39-year-old woman from Cape Town was killed by a shark at a Plettenberg Bay beach on Sunday morning. Photo: Olga Ernst / Creative Commons.

Cape Town woman killed by shark at Plettenberg Bay beach

Beaches in Bitou Municipality have been closed following a fatal shark attack at Central Beach on Sunday morning.

NSRI Hermanus Plettenberg Bay

A 39-year-old woman from Cape Town was killed by a shark at a Plettenberg Bay beach on Sunday morning. Photo: Olga Ernst / Creative Commons.

A Cape Town woman was killed at Central Beach in Plettenberg Bay on Sunday morning, 25 September, in a fatal shark attack.

WOMAN KILLED BY SHARK AT PLETT BEACH

National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the local NSRI and South African Police Service (SAPS) were activated at 7:53 after reports of a fatal shark incident at Central Beach.

“The sea rescue craft Eric Stratford was launched.  On arrival at the scene, the body of a believed to be 39-year-old female from Cape Town was recovered from the water and brought to the beach,” said Lambinon.

The police have opened an inquest docket and the body is in the care of the Western Cape Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.

The public is urged to be cautious along the Plettenberg Bay and Southern Cape coastline and Bitou Municipality has closed beaches in the area.

Earlier this month, on 7 September, the NSRI issued a shark alert for the same region due to increased shark activity in the area.

As previously reported, the Institute said sharks were feeding on a Humpback whale carcass that was gradually drifting closer to shore.

In June 2022, a man was killed by a shark at Sanctuary Beach, on the Robberg side of Robberg 5 in Plettenberg Bay.

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