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. Nodule

    I bet he had a peanut butter snickers before going in the water. Sharks love peanut butter snickers. Haven't you seen the commercial?

    September 30, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. HW

    The shark attacked and realized Cohen was a lawyer and gave him professional courtesy.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • dhondi


      September 30, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Tuffcookie

      His name must have been Bob!

      September 30, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Shark

      That's a myth. We don't give politicians a pass either.

      September 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeffrey

    stupid is as stupid does!

    September 30, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Ethernet

      A little more chloren for the gene pool.

      September 30, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. AndyUK618

    If they had reported the story out correctly, the flags were up, but does say that a siren will be sounded if there are sharks around and not to enter the water, the electric company have admitted they had not power for approx 2hours when the attack happened.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • USMC88

      Irrelevant. This idiot got what he deserved.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      That's good information to have. It sheds a whole new light on the situation. The Brit may have been lulled into a false sense of security due to the sirens.

      Thanks mate!

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

    Looks like stupidity comes in all shapes and sizes!

    September 30, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. justathought

    Shirley Surely implied last night at 11:11 that this was an error, no it wasn't, it was a choice, and a stupid one at that.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |


    September 30, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. IHopper

    apparently the shark wasn't too hungry, "just a leg for me."

    September 30, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Great White

      I prefer dark meat, but that was mixed.

      September 30, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. justathought

    @carl marks, I'm sure you made a typo, I think you meant 'Blue State'. You are forgiven.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Spaceman

    I suppose if I love chicken legs there is no point in being mad with the shark !

    September 30, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. justathought

    Perhaps the signs need to be reworded "DANGER! SHARK INFESTED WATERS, NO SWIMING, IDOTS EXCEPTED."

    September 30, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Great White

      Perhaps a sign stating not to feed the sharks, I for one am grateful there is no such sign.

      September 30, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • azzclown

      Perhaps reworded with "IDIOTS" spelled correctly would be helpful too.

      September 30, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. el Guapo

    another critic of British food. (or "revenge for fish and chips)....

    September 30, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Candycain


      September 30, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. Martin

    We were able to interview Michael Cohen and get exclusive footage at wickedimproper . com

    September 30, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. justathought

    Well, he'll have something to remember it by, Oops, something missing to remember it by. Ca n't you just see this guy braging how he lost his legg in a war? (Mind you, he won't mention what war.)

    September 30, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Fupped Duck

    The shark just wanted to get "A leg up" on his friends! He saw he was a little short and took a foot!

    September 30, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Shark

      He was between me and this cute nurse shark.

      September 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
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