September 29th, 2011
08:35 PM ET

Shark severely injures man near Cape Town

A British man was severely injured in an attack by a great white shark while swimming this week near Cape Town, South Africa.

Michael Cohen, 43, lost his right leg and suffered injuries to his left foot in Wednesday's incident near Fish Hoek Beach. He was in critical condition and under heavy sedation in an intensive care unit on Thursday.

According to city officials, the beach was closed when Cohen decided to go for a swim. Warning flags had been raised to alert beach goers that it was not safe to enter the water due to shark sightings.  Officials said it was not clear why Cohen ignored the warnings.

One eyewitness told city officials he watched the shark lunge toward Cohen and "shake him." He said the shark then let him go and swam away.

Two people told officials they rushed to the water to assist Cohen to shore.

Twelve shark attacks have been reported in Cape Town since 1998, according to city officials. In half of these cases, the city said, beach goers were warned that sharks had been spotted in the water.

soundoff (394 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    Sorry, but I have to do this:

    *Facepalm*™

    September 29, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Packard

    Maybe the shark was hungry.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlackDynamite

      Definitely the guy was stupid
      BD

      September 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      What reason will he give for ignoring the shark warning? He has no excuse and whatever reason to the authorities that he offers, he won't have a leg to stand on.

      September 30, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. I can't believe it

    I hope taxpayer won't have to pay the medical fee for his stupidity

    September 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big D

      Yeah because that would be such a tragedy. Stupid people should die! Wait, I think you wasted some of my electricity by posting this ridiculous comment. I want my penny back, please.

      September 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stevieyou

      It's in Sout Africa, don't worry about the tax payers, u right wingers r kookoo.

      September 29, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThingsRbad

      They pay taxes in Africa?

      September 29, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PaxLoki

    almost a Darwin winner

    September 29, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      In another article I read that he was undergoing a s*x reassignment surgery and was going to change his name to ILENE. Now it truly fits.

      September 30, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. withoutgod

    The shark merely chose this man to make an example of in order to teach a lesson to idiots.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rags

      Unfortunately idiots rarely learn. They were born idiots and will die idiots.

      September 29, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • withoutgod

      This is true, Rags. For, if they were to learn, they could no longer be considered idiots.

      September 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      I wonder if next year he will ignore those shark warning signs or simply hop into the water.

      September 30, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Max

    Mess with the bull , you get the horn! dambass

    September 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    I FEEL SORRY FOR THE VICTIM, BUT I WOULD HAVE IGNORED THE FLAGS TOO. THE OCEAN IS A MAGNET AND IM LIKE STEEL. I JUST LOVE THE OCEAN,YOU CAN'T KEEP ME AWAY, ILL STAY ALL DAY TILL I'M BURNT TO A CRISP. I'D RATHER DIE THOUGH.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rags

      Why are you shouting? Are you an idiot too?

      September 29, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • FaolRua

      So go jump in the ocean and die. Christ, what kind of idiot swims with sharks?

      September 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sen. John 'Bluto' Blutarsky

      Drako – Is Mary your sister & is your real name Warren?

      September 30, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Sen. John 'Bluto' Blutarsky

      I know where your baseball is...

      September 30, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Seriously?

      Wow... I believe that's called ADDICTION. You need help...

      September 30, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      Be sure and tie a large piece of bloody meat around your neck next time you go in.

      September 30, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Truth Teller

    This is the reason, I always heed man eating shark warnings,of don't go in the water.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    GO CHANGE YOUR RAG. CAPS ARE MY TRADE MARK DILHOLE!

    September 29, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • MB

      Your trademark happens to make you look like a moron.

      September 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Playjojo

      And an impressive, not at all annoying, well thought out trademark. By the way, it's "Dill hole" Or in your case, DILLHOLE!

      September 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fishman

    Maybe the shark had a humaning rod with a hotdog on the hook!

    September 29, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dean

    why would emergency services even help this turd? leave him to die on the beach and than feed the carcass to the sharks

    September 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NODAT1

    DA are not limited to nationality or location

    September 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. victoriafalls

    I was told more looney tunes are from UK, Australia than say, US...Canada, certain parts of euro, so forth. just a random thought

    September 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    WHY AM I EXPLAINING MY REASON TO SOMEONE WHO'S FATHER WAS A TAMPON AND MAMA WAS A MAXI PAD?

    September 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously?

      Huh?

      September 30, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. steve

    That shark is a racist and targeted poor Mr. Cohen. Being a Jewsih Brit & twit, Mr. Cohen probably wasn't a very good swimmer. Not alot of warm water to practice and since he was on vacation he wasn't going to waiste time on the sand.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt Cohen

      Are you implying Jews can't swim and what does being Jewish have to do with sharks? Israel has a high number of scuba divers and I am Jewish and also a good swimmer.

      September 30, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
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