12/13/2009 Nigel Hughes ( Australia )

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12/13/2009 Nigel Hughes ( Australia )

Postby sharkbait » Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:42 pm

GOLD Coast surfer Nigel Hughes escaped from a shark attack in known Great White territory near Evans Head with nothing but an injured big toe.


Surfers toe chomped by shark
Mel Mcmillan | 14th December 2009


GOLD Coast surfer Nigel Hughes escaped from a shark attack in known Great White territory near Evans Head with nothing but an injured big toe.

Mr Hughes was bitten by the shark while surfing at Coffee Rock, north of Evans Head, at 7am yesterday.

The 39-year-old deputy principal of Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School was holidaying in Evans Head with friends and decided to head out with them for an early morning surf.

Just as he was pushing himself up to stand on his board he felt the shark strike.

“I looked back to see if my foot was there,” said Mr Hughes, speaking from the Lismore Base Hospital where he was waiting last night to have surgery on his foot.

The shark sliced through Mr Hughes’ big toe which was left partly hanging from his foot.

After the attack he was able to catch a wave in to the beach.

His friends then helped him walk 200m to a car.

Mr Hughes said he could not tell exactly how much blood he was losing because his friends tightly wrapped his foot in a towel before taking him to hospital.

As he waited for surgery last night he remained remarkably calm for someone who had just been bitten by a shark.

He even said the attack would make the holiday ‘memorable’, and that he would not hesitate to hit the waves again in the future.

“I’ll definitely be getting back in the water,” he said.

Mr Hughes said he did not see the shark so he was not willing to speculate about what type it might have been.

Evans Head man Mick McGilvray said the shark was most likely a bronze whaler or a bull shark.

Both are known man-eaters, but Mr McGilvray said the shark that bit Mr Hughes would have been no bigger than two metres.

Mr McGilvray said the spot where Mr Hughes was surfing had murky water which sharks loved.

“It’s definitely a sharky area,” he said.

Mr McGilvray, who operates a chartered fishing boat, said between five and 10 sharks were caught on that stretch of beach between Evans Head and Broadwater each year.

He said he caught two Great White sharks nearby three years ago.

Another tourist lost his leg to a shark bite while swimming at Evans Head in the late 1980s.

"Mr Hughes was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time," Mr McGilvray said.


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Re: 12/13/2009 Nigel Hughes ( Australia )

Postby sharkbait » Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:53 am

A GOLD Coast teacher mauled by a shark at a northern NSW surf spot says he looked back after he was bitten 'to see if my foot was still there'.

Teacher tells of shark attack
Greg Stolz
December 14, 2009 05:00pm

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Nigel Hughes , deputy principal at the Palm Beach Currumbin High School, who survived a shark attack at Evans Head.
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A GOLD Coast teacher mauled by a shark at a northern NSW surf spot says he looked back after he was bitten 'to see if my foot was still there'.

But despite the terrifying attack, Nigel Hughes, 39, has vowed to get back on his surfboard as soon as he can walk again.

Mr Hughes, deputy principal at Palm Beach-Currumbin High School, was surfing with mates during a family holiday at Evans Heads on the NSW North Coast on Sunday when the shark struck.

"I got on a wave and was paddling to catch it when it hit me like a baseball bat to the foot," he said.

"I was able to catch a wave in and looked back to see if my foot was still there - luckily, it was."

With his left big toe hanging from his foot, which was bleeding profusely, Mr Hughes managed to limp to the beach where his friends wrapped the wound in a towel.

They took him to Lismore Base Hospital where he underwent surgery before being released yesterday.

"The foot was pretty mangled but the doc said he managed to sew it up okay," Mr Hughes said.

"It was only my second surf of the holiday, so I wasn't happy."

The attack forced Mr Hughes to cut short his holiday and return home. He said his two young sons, aged 4 and 5, knew something had happened to him but he had not told them what because he did not want to frighten them.

Mr Hughes, who also teaches surfing at PBC High, said the scare would not stop him riding the waves.

"I'll be back into it as soon as I can walk again," he said.

Evans Head is notorious for sharks, including Great Whites, but local fishermen believed the one that attacked Mr Hughes was most likely a bronze whaler or bull shark - both of which are known for their aggression.


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