Safety Alert – Increased inshore shark activity

Marc Rodgers, NSRI Plettenberg Bay station commander, said:

NSRI Plettenberg Bay and Bitou Municipal authorities are urging public caution to bathers and paddlers along the Plettenberg Bay coastline due to confirmed increase shark activity inshore along the coastline of sharks attracted to and feeding on a juvenile Humpback whale carcass that has washed ashore amongst rocks at Groot Bank, close to Keurboomstrand, off-shore of the Salt River, Groot Bank area, Plettenberg Bay.

Bitou Municipal Solid Waste Removal are investigating options to remove or dispose of the carcass.

This safety alert is current and in place to warn the public of the present danger of increased shark activity brought by this whale carcass and we urge public caution.


Robbie Gibson, NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander, said:

At 14h18, Thursday, 15th November, NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a jet-ski with a local dad and his daughter onboard in difficulty off-shore of Keurbooms River Mouth.

It was confirmed that the jet-ski battery had died, they were adrift but safe, and they confirmed that if they drifted closer to the back surfline they would deploy their anchor. 

The sea rescue craft Ray Farnham was launched and on arrival on the scene a towline was rigged and we towed them safely to Central Beach without incident and once their jet-ski was recovered no further assistance was required.

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