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. puddles

    hell no taxpayers shouldnt pay, he made the choice to go in...let him pay his own bills

    September 29, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Harpman

    Well, Ron White says you can't fix stupid.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Rudedog, he put himself in harm's way, the prisoners in the camps didn't. But I get what you're saying.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nikki

    Maybe he was illiterate...

    September 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raider

      It was a flag with a picture on it.....

      September 29, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Peter

    "He may die and some are laughing?"

    Did it ever occur to you, dear, that some people (who ignore warnings such as this) are not worth much sympathy? Sometimes ones stupidity trumps the innate desire to feel sorry for them. He has no one to blame but himself.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • christopher

      Comments like this are the reason I always gag when some moron starts in with the "America is a Christian Nation" crapola.

      September 29, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • dljr60

      your value system is screwed up. If your child or loved one ignored the speed limit while driving, then crashed and died, would you feel still adhere to your foolish, non-compassionate, position?

      September 29, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    WRITING IN CAPS IS MY THING. PEOPLE WHO ARE SO ANAL ,ABOUT SPELLING AND PUNCUATION SUCK. I'VE BEEN MINDING MY BUSSINESS,IF JERKS CAN'T THEN I HIT THEM WITH BOTH BARRELS.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sen. John 'Bluto' Blutarsky

      You spelled "punctuation" & "business" wrong. The comma in the second sentence is unnecessary, the comma after "business" should be a period, and there should be a comma after "can't". It should also be comma then a space, not the other way around or with no space at all.

      I could not resist...You just set yourself up & asked for it, it's got nothing to do with anything else.

      September 30, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Shark

      You are going to need a bigger boat.

      September 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Shirley Surely

    What is wrong with you self-righteous people? Sheesh! Stupid or not, the man is suffering and will pay for the rest of his life. I hope you never make an error in your life for fear it will come back and bite you in the ass. Compassion people.... compassion.

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

      Guess you're never going to take a look at the Darwin Awards!

      September 29, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      There were flags showing that the waters were shark infested, and he swam in it anyways. Do you not see the point on how stupid this guy is? I don't wish harm on him, but he was just asking for it.

      September 30, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Shark

      I was going for his ass and missed.

      September 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Andrew

    Why are we writing about a man's stupidity and nearly gets himself killed in the process. What's so special with this case? There are hundreds of people who make stupid decisions everyday that kill either themselves or an innocent person caught up in the aftermath.

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

    The obvious solution to this problem is massive tax cuts for the super rich.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shark

      I am a job creator. Ask the EMT.

      September 30, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Old Fool

    Talk about an overblown sense of self importance. This idiot, Cohen, put people in harms way just so that he could have his way. Maybe he has a deathwish. Either way, this is something that didnt have to happen. I say let the sharks have him.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. What ?

    So, next time white flag, blue flag, yellow flag or green flag, or NO flag, he is not going swimming again. Trying to defy nature ? He got what he deserved, and should live to tell.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • dljr60

      what? your value system is screwed up. If your child or loved one ignored the speed limit while driving, then crashed and died, would you feel still adhere to your foolish, non-compassionate, position?

      September 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim970

    PETA should be thrilled.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    And to think, that's PETA'S ad new campaign...how timely is that?

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

    Mental Illness is a world wide problem.......

    September 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mtnmedic

    Too bad a leg was all the shark got.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shark

      It tasted kind of odd. I think I'm going to be sick.

      September 30, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
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