It’s a terrifying moment when a Brit lost his leg in a great white shark attack as a group of heroic swimmers dragged him ashore.
Michael Cohen, 43, was stopped during treatment by medical staff at South Africa’s Fish Hock Beach – moments after the 11-foot animal attempted to choke him to death.
Doctors present at the spot confirmed that he needed seven liters of blood as he was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital after the attack in 2011.
His doctor, Professor Nicole, confirmed that the man had suffered a near-fatal injury – torn his femoral artery and vein.
He tragically lost his right leg and part of his left leg and remains in critical condition due to the injuries.
According to MailOnline, he was rescued by Hugh Till and Douglas Drysdale, who were passing by at the time of the attack.
Mr Till, 66, was in the area with a friend while they were trying to do whale watching when he saw sharks approaching Mr Cohen – who was swimming a few yards off the beach near Cape Town Were.
They reportedly stopped their car and ran to warn, but they were too late as the man was initially swept under the edge as the spectators feared the most.
But, as the shark prepared to attack again, the two men fell overboard – dragging it to shore with the help of others.
However, it later emerged that things could have been very different as it was revealed that a power cut could have prevented shark spotters from sounding the warning alarm as the man was being attacked.
It came as several onlookers reportedly attempted to warn them of the danger – but the siren was not working as power cuts were reported across the city.
According to South Africa’s Daily News website, it was claimed that there was a power outage with the power company Eskom.
“The spotter tried to sound the alarm, but the alarm did not sound due to a power failure in the city belonging to Eskom,” the outlet said.
He later confirmed the power cut for two hours, which started at 11 am and went on till 1 pm.
This was apparently caused by a trip on the power line supplying Cape Town.
Shark attacks are on the rise
The Canadian-born man was initially taken into the water, although the beach was closed after several shark sightings.
He was said to be a regular swimmer on the beach and had previously ignored warnings to stay out of the water.
The site of the attack is said to be close to one of the highest populations of Great Whites in the world, and has seen numerous deaths and injuries to swimmers and surfers.
Recently, the US was said to have surpassed Australia for the number of attacks with Cape Cod, Massachusetts, now considered the shark capital of the world.
Experts report seeing 50 at the popular holiday haven this summer alone.
However, despite the warning signs of ferocious animal attacks and attacks on beaches in the US and Australia, swimmers are still putting themselves at risk.
There have been 49 shark attacks around the world this year – six fatal, as underwater predators continue to draw closer to humans.
Reporting 33 incidents, the US recorded the largest number of shark bites, while Australia recorded 18.
According to data published by the International Shark Attack File, 791 shark attacks have been reported between 2010 and 2019, with an annual global average of 80 bites.
This represents an incredible increase compared to figures from 1970 to 1979, when only 157 attacks were recorded.
Surfers and water sports lovers seem to be the prime targets, accounting for 61 percent of victims last year.
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