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. SkyKing

    If he dies, he's a candidate for a Darwin Award.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anglo Quebecker

    Not all Cohens are Jewish anymore, too much assimilation going on. I met a black Jamaican Cohen once.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard R

      There are jewish black people too.

      September 30, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • coldtexan

      fo'shlomo

      September 30, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • MsKira

      I have heard that but I have never met a Black Jew. I have met a few Black Mormons

      September 30, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Shark

      How do they taste?

      September 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • kun

      Naughty Cohens has been around the world several time and very productive, it seems.. 🙂

      September 30, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
    • jaintn

      Oh my God. An article about a guy getting attacked by a shark and the only response from you and a few other arians on this board is to break out the anit-semitism. I don't understand why people like you are even born. You're certainly no benefit whatsoever to the human race, in fact, you're a complete embarrassment.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Great White

      Why don't you all just come swimming with me? I am not racist, a little picky sometimes, I prefer fatty dark meat, but really I will eat just about anything.

      September 30, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • BigSir

      I was wondering why the shark took one bite and left...he wasn't kosher!

      September 30, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Runninwild

      Oi, mon.

      September 30, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • CalDude612

      Hey, sammy Davis Jr was jewish..... if you're old enough to remember, he was black.

      September 30, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • neal kelley

      hugh?

      September 30, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Shark

      I'm a Unitarian. .

      September 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hannah

      You made my day. HA!!!

      September 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shark

      I have Catholic tastes.

      September 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shark

      I have very Catholic tastes.

      September 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shark

      All fish are Baptists.

      September 30, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shark

      Sharks aren't very religious.

      September 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shark

      Sharks are mostly Libertarians.

      September 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stormchaser

    looks like jaws is back again wonder how they will kill him this time they blown him up twice and eletricuted him once it make a great movie

    September 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • The end is near - well, at least close.

      They plan to bait a dead seal with 400 lbs. of ex lax so he'll poop himself to death.

      September 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    OH WRONG SPELLING , BUT EVEN YOU ETARDS UNDERSTAND!!

    September 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Vee

    That's what his dumb a$$ gets. He ignored the signs and warnings, repeatedly. His luck ran out. Arrogance is the downfall of alot of people these days-but this guy is leading the pack.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    @ Lee, lol

    September 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wicket

    Maybe he thought the flags were just a nice, festive touch someone added to the shore, like the way you see representations of ravens, whales, etc., in the Pacific Northwest (Canada and U.S.).

    September 29, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ann

    As Homer Simpson would say......Doh !

    September 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Oh yeah?

    I ain't afraid of no stinkin' shark...

    September 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shark

      Let's go swimming.

      September 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jazzzzzzzz

    Drake, stop and go sit in the corner bad boy

    September 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Raider

    "it's not clear why he chose to ignore the warnings". Um, pretty clear to me, he's an idiot.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. EMT

    Job Security! 🙂

    September 29, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. PooDIPIDI

    Remember guys, sharks don't like the taste of human blood. They just like to make headlines.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shark

      Come in close for the photo . . . a little closer . . . closer . . . that's it! SNAP!

      September 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. puddles

    idiot is putting it nicely

    September 29, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rudedog

    He may die and some are laughing?
    These guys must be reincarnation of Nazi guards at death camps.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • gosharkgo

      he willfully ignored a warning meat to protect him. and... scene.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • sbk

      I always think it's funny when some idiot ignores all the warnings and does something stupid anyway.

      Stupid people are meant to be killed off. It's called the Darwin Award for a reason.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
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