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Last Updated: Monday, 28 March 2005, 23:14 GMT 00:14 UK
Great white shark attacks surfer
Great White shark
There has been a fatal attack in the same area before
A British surfer has survived an attack by a great white shark off the coast of South Africa.

Chris Sullivan from Newquay, Cornwall, was bitten on his right calf and foot at Noordhoek beach on Monday.

The 32-year-old had arrived in Cape Town on Sunday for a surfing holiday with two British friends.

Mr Sullivan has undergone surgery on his leg wounds and is reported to be in a stable condition. He is likely to remain in hospital for several days.

Second attack

It is the second attack on a British holidaymaker in the region in the past four days.

On Saturday Mark Currie, 32, from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, was inside a metal viewing cage in the sea near Cape Town, when an 18ft Great White suddenly attacked it.

He managed to scramble on board the tour boat while the captain beat the shark on the head.

He's a very lucky man
Mark Sampson, friend

Since the latest attack, beaches in the area have remained open, although people have been told of the attack.

The South African National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) launched a rescue boat when the attack was reported and Mr Sullivan was flown by emergency helicopter to the Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic.

Mark Sampson, who has lived in South Africa for 13 years and is originally from Newquay, said his friend Mr Sullivan had received surgery.

Not common

"Everything's fine," he said. "They managed to put his leg back together and everyone's very happy.

"He's a very lucky man."

Spokesman Craig Lambinon told BBC News the attack happened about 60 metres offshore.

He says such incidents are not really common, with five reported attacks in the past two-and-a-half years. Three of those were fatal and one happened in the same place as Mr Sullivan's accident.

Mr Lambinon said the decision to keep beaches open is not an easy one to make.

He said: "We do ask people to be vigilant, but it's difficult and we can't force people not to go into the water.

"After the attack this morning, people were alerted. Some left the water and some preferred to stay."

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