Diver killed in apparent shark attack in KZN

Diver killed in apparent shark attack in KZN

Authorities are probing the circumstances around the death of a German citizen who died while scuba diving on the south coast yesterday. 

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The National Sea Rescue Institute says the 68-year-old man's body - believed to have been bitten by a shark - was found following an extensive search at sea. 

The NSRI says they received a report of a missing diver near the northern pinnacle at Protea Banks - early yesterday afternoon. 

Fellow divers said they had been surfacing when the man disappeared. 

Several NSRI sea rescue craft and police search and rescue joined a joint search operation already underway - involving multiple private boats and charter vessels. 

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The institute says an extensive drift pattern and sweeping line search operation was conducted while police divers conducted an underwater search. 

A spokesperson says the man's body - believed to have bitten by a shark - was located by the crew of a private fishing boat. 

The NSRI said in a statement that the body has been handed over to forensic pathology services - who will establish the exact cause of death. 

Police have also opened an inquest docket. 

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