INJURED – 4 March 2007?? – Penryn, Cook Islands – spearfisher attacked

A brief 5 March 2007 report on the Radio New Zealand International website says a 16-year-old boy, Turua William Maretapu , from the northern Cook Islands was bitten on the leg by a Tiger shark while spearfishing.

The report quotes the Cook Island Times as saying Turua was swimming over the reef into the lagoon at Penrhyn after spearfishing.

“He spotted the shark and fired at it.

“The shot missed and the shark bit his leg.”

The report did not mention the time or date of the attack.

According to the report others on the reef including his uncle who has First Aid knowledge helped him.

“Turua was rushed to hospital, where the doctor said the first aid probably stopped him bleeding to death.”

No other details were reported.

Radio New Zealand International

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