Beaches reopen after Cape Town shark attack

The City of Cape Town opened beaches around False Bay on Thursday morning after a man was killed by a shark at Fish Hoek beach outside Cape Town earlier in the week.

“Following close assessment by shark spotters late yesterday afternoon [Wednesday], all city beaches will be opened for swimming this morning [Thursday],” a statement from the city said.

Beaches from Glencairn to Strandfontein Pavilion were closed on Tuesday after 37-year-old Lloyd Skinner from Zimbabwe was attacked by what is believed to be a great white shark.

The National Sea Rescue Institute and the city’s disaster risk management and law enforcement staff would remain on alert.

The city appealed to the public to use beaches with lifesaving services and with shark spotters.

People should always swim in groups and remain on the landward side of breakers, in waist-deep water.

Bathers should keep out of the water when marine mammals such as dolphins and whales have been observed within close proximity of the beach and when fishermen with trawl nets are operating on the beach. — Sapa

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