Bite marks found on the bodyboard of a missing East London man have been confirmed to be that of a “large Great White shark”.
In a social media post from the What’s On in and around East London Facebook page, the identity of the missing bodyboarder was revealed to be Robert Frauenstein.
“For those of you who have been following the search for the missing body-boarder, and requested an update. A media report will be released shortly regarding the missing body-boarder, Robert Frauenstein. He has not been found but the teeth marks in the board are confirmed as that of a large Great White.”
“It is an immensely sad time for family, friends, clients and the Chintsa community. Our thoughts and our prayers are with all concerned.”
BODYBOARD WITH SHARK BITE FOUND ON TUESDAY
On Wednesday, NSRI East London said that a search for Frauenstein, who disappeared in the Surfline at Chinsta on Tuesday, was continuing with various law enforcement and emergency rescue services deployed. Days later there is still no sign of him but a shark may very well be responsible.
“The SA Police Services, Police K-9 Search and Rescue and a Police Dive Unit are engaged in a search operation and they are joined by a private helicopter (volunteered to assist in a search by a local businessman), the EC Government Health EMS rescue helicopter and friends of the missing man, who have launched boats to assist in the police search,” they said.
“It appears that the missing man was bodyboarding in the Surfline at Chinsta and later in the day, his bodyboard was found washed up on the beach and the man was nowhere to be found and he remains missing.”
“The bodyboard appears to have bite marks on the board that may be the bite marks from a shark and this is being investigated to confirm if this is the case.”