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09/02/2010 Benjamin D'Emden ( Solomon Islands )

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:19 pm
by helmi
Shark attacks holidaying Sydney man in the Solomon Islands

The Daily Telegraph
September 03, 2010 12:00AM

A SYDNEY man stared death in the face when a shark mauled his head while he swam in the Solomon Islands yesterday.

Benjamin D'Emden, 34, from inner city Sydney, was holidaying on a remote island resort when the shark attacked him from below.

It bit into his face, leaving Mr D'Emden with severe cuts to his face and neck. He was flown to the capital Honiara's main hospital by an emergency medical charter.

Doctors at the National Referral Hospital were last night working to stabilise Mr D'Emden so he could be flown to Australia for emergency treatment.

It is understood he had only been in the Solomon Islands a few days and was holidaying with 16 other Australians, including his father, when the attack occurred.

Last night a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the Australian Consul was working with local authorities.

"The Australian High Commission, Honiara is providing the man with consular assistance," he said.

Lucky to be alive ... Sydney man Ben D'Emden / Pic: Facebook ... 5913523478