Holidaymakers beside the great white shark

14ft shark battered to death by crowd


January 7, 1998

A GREAT white shark more than 14ft long has been battered to death by holidaymakers in knee-deep water off a beach near Cape Town. Hair from the shark's stomach is being analysed to see if it was the creature that, ten days ago, killed a scuba diver about 30 miles away.

Holidaymakers on the beach at Macassar in False Bay, east of Cape Town, some armed with steel rods and police-style batons, waded into the shallows and attacked the shark, which was ill or injured. One was bitten on the leg by the dying shark, but was not seriously hurt.

Copyright 1998 The Times Newspapers Limited.

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