Medics with shark attack victim Michael Cohen
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Shark victim in South Africa 'saved by tourniquet'

The surgeon who operated on a man attacked by a shark in South Africa says his life was saved by a wetsuit used as an emergency tourniquet.

Michael Cohen, a 42-year-old thought to be a British citizen, had a leg bitten off and another severed below the knee.

He was swimming at Fish Hoek Beach, near Cape Town, which shut after the shark sighting.

Karen Allen reports.

  • 29 Sep 2011
  • From the section Africa