The man who was killed by a shark at Plettenberg Bay has been identified as Bruce Wolov, a beloved father who was passionate about the ocean.
THE BELOVED FATHER WAS REMEMBERED FOR HIS PASSION FOR THE OCEAN
His family confirmed the news with the following Facebook post:
“We will remember him as a loving husband, our dad and friend who was taken from us far too soon, while doing what he was passionate about.”Galya Wolov
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the Plettenberg Bay duty crew was activated following eye-witness reports of a shark incident involving a swimmer at Sanctuary Beach, on the Robberg side of Robberg 5, Plettenberg Bay.
THE MAN SUSTAINED FATAL INJURIES IN A SHARK ATTACK
“NSRI rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene, and 2 NSRI rescue craft were launched.
“On arrival on the scene, the body of a male, believed to be a local man, was located and recovered from the water, at the back surf line, onto an NSRI rescue craft. The body was brought to the NSRI Plettenberg Bay rescue station.”Craig Lambinon
Lambinon said an NSRI doctor, WC Government Health EMS, and the SA Police Services responded.
THE MAN WAS DECLARED DEAD BY A DOCTOR
“Sadly, injuries sustained are fatal, and the man was declared deceased by the doctor.
“The family of the deceased man is in the care of Police and counsellors. Condolences are conveyed to the family of the deceased man.”Craig Lambinon
The Bitou Municipality has closed beaches in Plettenberg Bay.
“NSRI and Bitou Municipality are appealing to sea users – bathers, paddlers, sailors, and boaters – in Plettenberg Bay and along the Southern Cape coastline to exercise caution following this fatal incident.”
BEACHES IN PLETTENBERG BAY CLOSED AFTER THE ATTACK
Last month bathers, surfers, paddlers, kiteboarders, and bodyboarders were warned to exercise caution due to the increased inshore shark activity along the southern and Eastern Cape coastline.
The NSIR and local municipalities issued the alert.
“A large shark was spotted in the breaking surfline at Secrets Beach across Commercial Marine. Surfers cleared the water without incident,” said Lambinon.
He said over the past weeks and more recently, increased shark activity has been noticed along the southern Cape coastline from Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay and the Eastern Cape coastline from Storms River, Tsitsikamma, to Jeffreys Bay.
AN ALERT WAS ISSUED LAST MONTH DUE TO INCREASED SHARK ACTIVITY
“In co-operation with local municipalities, we are appealing to the public to exercise caution along these stretches of coastline due to the noticeably increased shark activity,” said Lambinon.