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Pictured: Mother, 39, mauled to death by a shark as her family paddled on the beach in South Africa 

Kimon Bisogno, 39, was brutally mauled to death by a great white shark while on vacation with her family

The mother who was brutally mauled to death by a great white shark while on vacation with her family in South Africa has been named.

Restaurant owner Kimon Bisogno, 39, had taken a bank holiday weekend away from the pizzeria she ran in Cape Town with the “love of her life” Diego Milesi, 40, on a sunny beach in Plettenberg Bay.

The couple and their five-year-old daughter Luna traveled 300 miles from their home at the luxury Beacon Isle resort for three days, to relax after rebuilding their post-Covid business.

Just before 8am yesterday, Kimon went into the water for an early morning swim and was reportedly waist deep when the great white attacked through a wave with her family just yards away.

Witnesses said the sea around Kimon “turned red” and other swimmers ran screaming from the water and a desperate call was made to the local lifeboat for help, but it was too dangerous for locals to enter.

Kimon Bisogno, 39, was brutally mauled to death by a great white shark while on vacation with her family

Kimon Bisogno, 39, was brutally mauled to death by a great white shark while on vacation with her family

Restaurant owner Kimon Bisogno, 39, had taken a bank holiday weekend away from the pizzeria she ran in Cape Town with

Restaurant owner Kimon Bisogno, 39, had taken a bank holiday weekend away from the pizzeria she ran in Cape Town with ‘the love of her life’ Diego Milesi (pictured together)

Just before 8am yesterday, Kimon went into the water for an early morning dip and was said to have been waist deep when the great white attacked (file image)

Just before 8am yesterday, Kimon went into the water for an early morning dip and was said to have been waist deep when the great white attacked (file image)

The National Institute for Sea Rescue’s coastal craft was launched and quickly rushed to the scene and found Kimon’s blood-soaked body floating in the surf about 50 yards from where she had been attacked. .

The instantaneous attack was so brutal that nothing could be done to save the young mother as rescuers pulled her badly bitten body onto a stretcher and returned to base.

Forensic pathologists will carry out an autopsy and an inquest, and his family have been offered trauma counseling.

Normally, victims of great white sharks die quickly from blood loss when their arteries are severed by the razor-sharp teeth.

It was the second death at the same idyllic resort in just three months and the third in 11 years and the beach was closed and shark warning signs erected.

Last night close friend Carmin Commins said on Facebook: ‘I’ve scrolled through your page over and over and hope it’s a mistake.

The couple and their five-year-old daughter Luna traveled 300 miles from their home at the luxury Beacon Isle resort for three days

The couple and their five-year-old daughter Luna traveled 300 miles from their home at the luxury Beacon Isle resort for three days

The snap attack was so brutal that nothing could be done to save the young mother

The snap attack was so brutal that nothing could be done to save the young mother

“I don’t know how the world could let someone like you go too soon, but what I do know is that everyone you’ve met has touched their lives with your love.

“The world has truly lost a bright light and pure soul that left happiness, laughter, sparkle and kindness everywhere you went.

“You were so genuine with so much love in your heart,” she said.

Another friend, Gabrielle Alberts, said: ‘Such sad news. I will remember your joyful and contagious laughter forever. RIP Kimon – too good for this earth”.

South African Kimon met the love of her life Diego on holiday in Ibiza 13 years ago and they moved to her hometown in Cape Town together and five years ago had daughter Luna.

Diego said in a Facebook video last posted: “Our love story goes back 13 years. I couldn’t speak English. You couldn’t speak Italian. But we connected through cooking.

They set up the popular restaurant and takeaway Fernando’s Pizza in Cape Town, but both are committed to helping life’s less fortunate.

A close friend of the couple said: ‘They worked very hard and very long hours, but both were far removed from their social responsibilities to others.

They created the famous Fernando's Pizza restaurant and takeaways in Cape Town, but both are committed to helping life's less fortunate.

They created the famous Fernando’s Pizza restaurant and takeaways in Cape Town, but both are committed to helping life’s less fortunate.

“They helped run the Obs Pasta Kitchen, which served delicious life-saving meals to the poor and hungry every Wednesday like clockwork.

“Both were big believers in saving the planet and were hippie types who saw the best in everyone and making money was just a way to help others.

“They were blessed when Luna was born 5 years ago and were the perfect family and the news of her passing in such a way left us all in pieces.

“She was such a perfect, loving wife and mother – why her? she says.

The municipality of Bitou, which oversees the beach, has hidden the bay and put up shark signs and posted lifeguards to keep tourists out of the water.

Kimon – known as Kiki to her friends – was the third to be killed by a great white shark in 11 years.

Last June, stockbroker and married father Bruce Wolov, who was an acclaimed long-distance swimmer and avid snorkeling enthusiast, was torn just offshore.

Kimon - known as Kiki to her friends - was the third to be killed by a great white shark in 11 years

Kimon – known as Kiki to her friends – was the third to be killed by a great white shark in 11 years

Medical examiners will carry out an autopsy and an inquest, and his family have been offered trauma counseling

Medical examiners will carry out an autopsy and an inquest, and his family have been offered trauma counseling

And in 2011, local carpenter and avid surfer Tim Van Heerden was on his board when a great white shark attacked him while he was waiting to catch a wave.

He bit him horribly in the attack and he was thrown overboard and as he grabbed his board the Tall White ripped him a second time fatally.

Although a brave buddy grabbed him and carried him over some rocks, he suffered massive bite wounds to his groin and upper leg that severed an artery.

Mayor of Bitou Municipality, David Swart, said: “We never had a death until 2011 and now we have had three including two in the last three months.

“We are researching and considering implementing a shark barrier and increased warning signage and starting our lifeguard season a month earlier than usual.

“There appears to be no change in shark behavior in this area, so it’s a bit of a mystery why we’ve had three fatal attacks in such a short time.

“Our thoughts are with the woman and her family at this time,” he said.

In South Africa, the weekend was a public holiday for Heritage Day and a time for many for a sunny break to celebrate with family and friends.

Great white sharks can be up to 20 feet long and weigh 2 tons and have up to 300 razor-sharp serrated teeth arranged in rows in their giant jaws.

In 2011, local carpenter and avid surfer Tim Van Heerden was on his board when a great white shark attacked as he waited to catch a wave

In 2011, local carpenter and avid surfer Tim Van Heerden was on his board when a great white shark attacked as he waited to catch a wave

Last June, stockbroker and married father Bruce Wolov (pictured) who was an acclaimed long-distance swimmer and avid diver was torn just offshore

Last June, stockbroker and married father Bruce Wolov (pictured) who was an acclaimed long-distance swimmer and avid diver was torn just offshore

The predator when attacking can swim up to 35 mph guided by an extremely strong sense of smell and normally feeds on seals, sea lions and dolphins.

Humans are often mistaken for seals, especially when wearing wetsuits and experts say the attacks are not intentional but “experimental” when they bite.

They usually walk away after biting once when they realize the human is not their natural prey, but the damage from a single shark bite is often fatal.

Over the past 25 years, 37 people have been killed in shark attacks off South Africa and, going back to 1950, the figure rises to 66 jawbone fatalities.

Shark activity along the Garden Route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town increases in winter due to the annual run of sardines – an important food source.

A South African shark expert, who asked not to be named, said: ‘You have to remember that the ocean has always been the territory of sharks – they rule.

“There are more and more people in the water these days with surfing, paddleboarding and swimming and the sharks are always around.”

“But they don’t seek out humans and attacks are rare and usually unintentional as they are mistaken for prey, but the results are often fatal.

“You are 47 times more likely to be killed by lightning or 11 times more likely to be killed by fireworks than to be killed by a shark,” he said.

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