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    Surfer Survives Shark Attack

Thursday, July 19, 2000

A TEENAGE surfer was discharged from a South African hospital yesterday after surviving an attack by a great white shark in the Indian Ocean off East London. Shannon Ainslie, 15, was paddling his surfboard about 50 yards from the beach when he was lifted out of the water by a shark, which was estimated to be about 12ft long.

He was able to paddle back to shore despite being injured. His right arm was later put in plaster. The curator of the East London Aquarium, Willie Maritz, identified the shark as a great white from an amateur video recording of the incident. Anton La Guardia, Johannesburg

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