South Africa ropes in shark spotters to ensure safety of World Cup fans

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 20, 2010 11:00 hrs

South African authorities have hired extra shark spotters to patrol beaches amid fears that Great Whites could target foreign tourists during the forthcoming World Cup.

Shark attacks along South Africa's coastline are reported on a large scale every year. Many incidents happen in or around Durban, where the foreign fans are expected to visit.

"There is often a lot of shark activity around South Africa and we were concerned for the safety of foreign football fans who come here for the World Cup," The Telegraph quoted Harry Mbambo, a spokesman for Sharks Board, as saying.

"We have taken extraordinary action to increase our shark security and to ensure that bathers are kept safe from harm," he added.

Around 450,000 foreign fans are expected to visit South Africa during the World Cup, which kicks off on June 11. (ANI)