The Lillienfeld brothers were body boarding with their friends in Cape Town Bay when suddenly, a great white shark surfaced and bit off the leg of David, one of the brothers as reported in The Australian of 20th April 2012.
The shark was believed to be 5-meters long and this was the second incident of depth by a shark in Cape Town. It bit off the right leg and there were no lacerations on the body of David Lillienfeld – his brother Gustav tried to save him but did not succeed.
Witnesses have indicated that they had seen at least four to six of these sharks in the popular bodyboarding spot in False Bay, Cape Town.
In a previous incident in September 2011, a British tourist lost parts of both his legs in Fish Hoek – it seems he ignored the warning flags on the beach about sharks in the vicinity.