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Divers Allegedly Bitten By Seal In Cape Town

The dive charter boat, with four crew members and eight adult divers, had arrived at Oudekraal where the divers entered the water to prepare for their scuba dive.

A group of divers encountered a surprising and unusual incident on the Atlantic seaboard in Cape Town. According to reports, divers were allegedly bitten by a seal while they were in the water. The incident took place on a Sunday morning at around 10 am.

The City of Cape Town water rescue network was alerted by ER24 ambulance services about a local dive charter boat heading towards Oceana Power Boat Club (OPBC) from Oudekraal.

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The boat had injured divers onboard who were in need of medical care. It was reported that some of the divers had sustained bite injuries from a seal.

The dive charter boat, with four crew members and eight adult divers, had arrived at Oudekraal where the divers entered the water to prepare for their scuba dive. As they entered the water, a seal reportedly swam among the divers and began biting them. Thankfully, the boat crew managed to recover all eight divers onto the boat and raised the alarm.

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Two of the divers, a Portuguese woman and a South African woman, were treated by paramedics for bite puncture wounds. The Portuguese woman was transported to the hospital in a stable condition, while the South African woman was advised to seek medical attention for precautionary treatments.

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The remaining divers, who had sustained minor scrape bite wounds, were also assessed by paramedics. As they did not require hospitalisation, they were advised to visit an emergency room or a doctor for broad-spectrum antibiotics, rabies, and tetanus treatment as a precautionary measure.

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It is important to note that incidents like these are rare and should not deter individuals from enjoying the beauty and diversity of marine life. It serves as a reminder to always respect wildlife and maintain a safe distance while engaging in water activities.

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Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
Parusha Naidoo is a skilled journalist who writes local and world news for SurgeZirc South Africa. With a passion for delivering accurate and reliable information, Parusha has become a trusted voice in the news industry. With years of experience in the field, Parusha has developed a keen eye for identifying important stories and presenting them in a clear and concise manner.
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