01/21/2013 - Paul Marshallsea - Australia - No Injury

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01/21/2013 - Paul Marshallsea - Australia - No Injury

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British tourist grabbed shark by tail to save bathers

Paul Marshallsea wrestled shark away from people playing at the edge of the sea near Brisbane in Australia

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A Briton on holiday in Australia grabbed a shark by its tail and tried to drag it away from people playing at the edge of the sea.

The man, named as Paul Marshallsea, was on a beach north of Brisbane in Queensland when a siren was sounded to warn of a shark in the water.

Marshallsea, 62, a grandfather from Merthyr Tydfil in south Wales, ran to the shoreline and grabbed the shark by the tail.

The incident was captured by a local news crew, and footage shown on Sky News showed him wrestling the fish and trying to guide it towards deeper water.

But as the shark thrashed to free itself, Marshallsea fell into the waves and the creature turned and snapped its jaws inches from his leg.

Marshallsea said: "It just missed me with a bite, which was a fraction away from my leg. A shark that one minute ago was so docile now just nearly took my leg off."

Marshallsea, who was helped by another man, said his "instincts took over" when he saw a number of young children in the water, the Daily Mirror said. "It's shallow for about six yards where the shark was and a lot of babies and toddlers splash about there," he said.

"It could have been very nasty. My instincts took over and I grabbed the shark by the tail. I know it was dangerous but it almost looked beautiful. You have to respect a beautiful animal. When I dragged the shark to just over knee-deep, he turned on me and just missed me with a bite. It nearly took my leg off in a split second. It was that quick."

The incident, reported to have happened at Bulcock Beach in Caloundra, about 55 miles north of Brisbane, was witnessed by Australian lifeguard Luke Turner.

Turner told Sky News he and a colleague had been following the shark all morning before it swam into the bathing area. "We chased it away and called in the helicopter for backup. Then a few hours passed and it happened to come back in. A British tourist jumped into the water as well as a wildlife rescue guy, and they pulled it back out to sea," he said.

"Me and my partner proceeded to follow it back out through the channel while it swam back out to sea."

The shark was reported to have been a 1.8-metre (6ft) dusky whaler shark, a species that rarely attacks humans.

Wildlife experts said the shark might have been so close to shore because it was sick or injured and was probably stressed and disoriented.

Source: theguardian
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