Stilbaai shark attack survivor makes good recovery

The Western Cape’s latest shark attack survivor is making good progress in a private hospital in Mossel Bay. The 29-year-old surfer Jacques Mostert, a chartered accountant from Centurion, sustained serious bite marks to his left leg while surfing with friends at Sand beach, near Stilbaai, on Friday. 

He suffered serious lacerations to his upper leg and left knee, as well as damaged nerves and tendons. He is in a stable condition after doctors attached the nerves during an emergency operation. 

An upbeat Mostert speaking from his hospital bed says: “I am probably going to have to go back into the water some or other time but my girlfriend has made it quite clear that surfing is a sport that I will not be practicing in the near future.”   

Mostert says he is grateful that he has not lost a limb in the incident. He says the shark, which the National Sea Rescue Institute  estimates at 4m long, circled him after the first bite. 

“I think I am laughing because I realise how lucky I am to have survived. I am not losing a leg or anything like that as the operation went well. The doctors managed to fix the nerves and tendons and all that needed to be fixed. The doctors say it is going to take 6 months until I am up-and-about again. I am hoping for the best,” added Mostert.  

The last shark attack incident near Stilbaai was three years ago, when Paul Buckley suffered a deep wound to his leg while surfing at Jongensfontein.  

A 20-year-old student from Camps Bay recently died in April this year, while surfing near Gordons Bay.

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