Thursday, 24 January 2013

Shark wrestler: Welsh tourist Paul Marshallsea to the rescue in Australia

A Welsh holidaymaker has been hailed a hero for wrestling a shark that was swimming towards children on a beach in Queensland, Australia.

Paul Marshallsea, 62, from Merthyr Tydfil, grabbed the two-metre long shark by the tail on Bulcock Beach and dragged it out to deeper water.

He narrowly missed being bitten as the shark suddenly lunged at his leg.

Dusky sharks of this type are considered potentially dangerous to humans, according to experts.

Mr Marshallsea said: "When I got the shark to just over knee deep he turned on me and just missed me with a bite.

“I know it was dangerous but it almost looked beautiful - you have got to have respect for a beautiful animal”

"The shark nearly took my leg off in a split second - it was that quick," said Mr Marshallsea.
He managed to jump out of the way as the shark writhed and splashed in the water.

The dramatic scene at the beach on the Sunshine Coast was caught on video by an Australian TV news team filming nearby.

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