Saturday, 24 March 2012

Surfer Survives Bite After Falling On To Shark

A surfer has had a lucky escape after being bitten by a shark on Australia's Gold Coast - when he fell off his board and landed on the predator.
The fish, believed to be a bull shark, bit Billy O'Leary twice, slicing his flesh down to the bone and severely damaging his Achilles tendon.
Mr O'Leary, 20, managed to get himself ashore at Nobbys Beach where friends bound the wound to stem the bleeding.
"There were two bites. One is sort of half in his calf, that's taken a big chunk out of that," fellow surfer Tim Windisch told the Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper.
"The other one is down to his heel. It's just right down to the bone. You could see the bone."
Chief lifeguard Warren Young said it appeared Mr O'Leary landed on the bull shark, an aggressive species known for its tendency to attack humans.
"He feels like he perhaps landed on it - he's come off his board and landed on it doing an aerial," Mr Young said.
"That's what he's said to us, so maybe he's landed on it and it's reacted.
"Being a small shark and the water's a bit discoloured, you're not going to see it... we think it was perhaps a bull shark."
Bull sharks are thought to be responsible for three attacks off the Florida coast in the past week . They are renowned their aggressive and unpredictable behaviour. All of the victims in Florida were badly mauled but survived.

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