23-Abr-12 - Great White Shark Kills Star Body boarder

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Great White Shark Kills Star Body boarder

A great white shark this week killed champion bodyboarder David Lilienfeld, according to the Independent Online.

The South African athlete was just 20 years old. As of just a few days ago, he was actively posting at his Facebook page, which revealed his body boarding skill
A great white in South Africa's Koeel Bay, east of Cape Town, cut his life short on Thursday, however.

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While in the water with his brother and friends, Lilienfeld was approached by a great white shark that onlookers estimated was over 13 feet long. The shark bit off Lilienfeld's right leg, very high up on the thigh, causing heavy bleeding.

Lucille Bester told the Independent Online, “We’re very new to the area. It was a beautiful day and we were having lunch, watching the waves and the lovely scenery, checking out the surfers. We finished lunch … when I spotted the shark. I called my husband from the car and he confirmed it was a shark. At that point, the shark was maybe 20-30 meters from the surfers. There were maybe five or six surfers in the water."

She continued, “We started screaming from the top that there was a shark. Being from Joburg, we didn’t know how to get down the mountain. But they could not hear us. The shark disappeared, but the next thing we saw the shark came from under one of the guys and grabbed him. The shark shook him and then let him go. The surfer was screaming – it was terrible!"

“Then it took him again. And that was it. It took him under. The first time it took him, there wasn’t any blood. But the second time there was, " she added. "I stopped a car on the road. They phoned the cops and everybody ran down. It was something I thought I would never experience in my life. It’s been a traumatic day.”

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