A popular beach in Plettenberg Baywas closed on Tuesday after a fatal shark attack.
Tim van Heerden was surfing when he was bitten by a shark. He died of blood loss later.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said it is the first shark attack fatality in Plettenberg Bay in recent memory.
The instituteÆs Deon Truter said the incident has left the local community stunned.
‘At the moment there is nobody out there. Plett is feeling very down. We are not used to this at all,’ he said.
The waters off LookoutBeachare very popular with both surfers and swimmers.
The 49-year-old victim was out surfing with a group of friends when he was bitten by what is thought to be a great white shark.
Paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but were unable to do so.