INJURED – 18 March 2006 – Sigatoka River mouth, Fiji – surfer attacked

Surfer, Paul Chong Sue, 21, was bitten on the arm while padding out to catch a wave at Sigatoka River mouth, Fiji, at about 6pm local time on Saturday 18 March.

Fellow surfer, Ratu Naiqama told the Fiji Times: “The shark came from below his board and bit his right arm,

“It tried to pull him under but Paul fought back and managed to free his arm from the sharks grip.”

After he freed his arm from the shark he called to the other surfers. There were around 15 surfers in the water at the time and they came to his aid.

There were about 15 of us out at sea with him. We all surrounded him and started making our way back to the beach,

“After the attack, the shark kept circling the area. Even though we thought that it was going to strike again, we did not pay much attention because we were rushing to get Paul onto the beach,” Naiqama said.

An Australian nurse, who was also there to surf, was on the beach at the time and help treat the wound before Chong Sue was taken to Lautoka Hospital.

He was expected to make a full recovery.

Sources
Fiji Times

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