David Lilienfeld Killed By Shark Near Cape Town

04/21/2012 10:45 AM ET

Champion bodyboarder David Lilienfeld died Thursday after he was attacked by a great white shark near Cape Town, our friends at New York Daily News reports. He was killed by a great white shark just off the coast of Cape Town. According to South African police, there were spectators who watched in horror from the shoreline.

Lilienfeld, 20, was riding waves with his younger brother and a friend just outside Gordons Bay Thursday when a shark lunged at him.

Onlookers who witnessed the attack from the shore say they saw Lilienfeld try to fight the animal off with his board.

“I saw this big dorsal fin, and after that I saw him getting attacked,” surfer Matt Marais, who had gotten out of the water to make a phone call, told the Independent Online.

“Then, the shark turned around and attacked him again. Just before it attacked him, he tried to put his board between him and the shark. He was pushing the shark’s head with his board.

“But within two seconds, the water turned from turquoise to red.”

Lilienfeld’s brother, Gustav, who was in the water near the attack but wasn’t hurt, managed to drag him onto nearby rocks, the Cape Times reported.

Lilienfeld, whose right leg was severed below the hip, died at the scene.


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