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05/01/2008 Male (South Africa)

Posted: Sat May 03, 2008 10:29 am
by sharkbait
NSRI helps man attacked by shark on board trawler

THE NSRI helped rescue a fisherman from a trawler on Thursday night who had been bitten on the leg by a shark brought aboard as part of the catch.

NSRI spokesman Craig Lambinon said the call was received from Japanese fishing trawler Kuay Mauro.

“The vessel reported they‘d treated and sutured the wounds, but they required the patient to be evacuated to hospital for further treatment.”

The bite wound extended completely around the man‘s left leg but it is not yet known which type of shark had inflicted it. The patient, believed to be Japanese, is recovering well.

Yesterday NSRI chief executive Ian Wienberg issued a warning of harsh seas brought about by the onset of winter.

“What often happens is that sea conditions worsen, with bigger swells and stronger currents due to storms occurring further out at sea,” he said.

“These storms and worsening winter weather in the deep ocean cause our shoreline to experience rougher sea conditions. Expect wave height to be bigger and strong rip-currents to prevail.” ... 052008.htm