JOHANNESBURG: A beach area in Jefferies Bay has been partially closed after a surfer was attacked by a shark, officials in South Africa’s Kauga metropolis said. The Cape Town surfer is stable and being looked after by medical staff, the metropolis said on its official Facebook page on Wednesday, reports Xinhua, adding that the victim had been bitten twice.

Sea Rescue South Africa (NSRI) said in a statement that a 40-year-old man was attacked while surfing in Jeffreys Bay and sustained puncture wounds to his right leg and torso. The charity, which has rescue bases along its coast, appealed to surfers, bathers and paddlers to be vigilant around Jeffreys Bay beach. Jeffreys Bay, located in the Eastern Cape Province, is a world-renowned surfing destination.

In 2015, Australian surfing legend Mick Fanning managed to escape after fighting a great white shark during a surfing competition in Jeffreys Bay. The incident was televised live and made headlines around the world.

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