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At 12h28, Friday, 5 January, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following a request for urgent assistance from a 62-year-old man, with a friend, reporting that he had been bitten by a Ragged Tooth shark that he had caught while fishing - at Papiesfontein, North East of Jeffreys Bay.

The man, from Plettenberg Bay, and his friend, had been shoreline angling, in preparation for an angling competition, when he landed a shark, then, while attempting to free the shark to be released, from the fishing gear, he had been bitten by the shark.

Our NSRI Jeffreys Bay rescue vehicle, EC Government Health EMS, Gardmed ambulance services and Relay ambulance services were activated.

On arrival on the scene the man's friend had already applied tourniquets to injuries, lacerations and puncture wounds to the man's hand and to his calf.

An additional tourniquet and pressure bandages were applied by NSRI medics.

The man was transported to hospital by a Gardmed ambulance in a stable condition where ongoing medical treatment continues, and he is expected to make a full recovery.

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