An Australian woman is recovering in intensive care after a quick thinking man grabbed the shark that was attacking her by its tail, causing it to release its bite.
The woman who works for Rockingham Wild Encounters was snorkelling with a group of tourists on a dolphin excursion when the attack took place, just near Garden Island.
The shark, said to be 2-3 metres in length sank its teeth into the woman thigh, but luckily, one of her customers was quick to react.
‘A male passenger, who was nearby the girl when the shark attacked, managed to grab hold of the animal by the tail, causing it to let go. The girl started to sink, but was again helped by the man and taken back to the boat’, according to a report on the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue website.
First responder from the rescue agency, Frank Pisani said “The teeth marks were very deep and large” but added “I thought she was remarkably calm and in good spirits, even joking with friends as rescuers worked on her.”
She had even managed to hit the shark on the nose during the attack and remained strong despite being in shock and severe pain.
The unnamed woman went through six hours of surgery and is still in intensive care, a spokesperson for Rockingham said, “There is minimal muscle or ligament damage, and she is expected to have full use of her legs. She is also pretty chuffed that the surgeons extracted a shark tooth from her butt!”
Pisani, declared the lady very fortunate, saying she was lucky to have a hero close by and to have been too far away from the shore, also, the medical boat that rescued her had only been launched two weeks ago.
The woman is said to be in good spirits and can’t wait to be well enough to get back into the water.