Fisherman bitten by shark while trying to release it from nets

A 46-year-old fisherman from Cape Town sustained injuries trying to free a shark from a fishnet.

He was bitten on his arm while working on a fish trawler on Tuesday afternoon. Shortly after that, he was fetched by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and taken to hospital for medical treatment.

The NSRI Port Elizabeth deputy station commander Justin Erasmus said that the trawler was about 30 nautical miles off-shore when the call for help went out.

“The fisherman sustained shark bite lacerations to his left forearm and left upper arm during attempts to release an approximately 2.5m shark that had been caught in their fishing nets and had been hauled aboard the fishing trawler,” Justin Erasmus said.

The shark was successfully released and the alarm was canceled, and the trawler began to head towards Port Elizabeth.

“In rough sea conditions, once closer to the port of Port Elizabeth, we launched our sea rescue craft, Spirit of Toft, accompanied by an Eastern Cape government health EMS rescue paramedic and rendezvoused with the trawler four nautical miles south of our sea rescue station,” Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre stated.

When a marine rescuer got on board, the wounded man had already been provided first aid.

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