INJURED – reported 20 December 2008 – Maraetai, near Auckland, New Zealand – fisherman attacked

Ken Lindberg spent five days in hospital after suffering injuries to his lower leg after being bitten by a shark while fishing with a friend off Maraetai, near Auckland, New Zealand. The date of the attack was not reported.

“We were just checking the net, just walking along lifting the top up a bit,” he told media.

“The next thing I felt this almighty clamp go around my leg. I said to Jeremy, ‘We’re out of here’.”

Lindberg said his left leg started to tighten up as the pair waded back through the surf but was only able to look when they reached shallow water.

“All I could see was this almighty gash and a lot of blood pouring out. I thought, ‘All I want to do is get back to shore’.”

He made it back to his friend’s house where a towel was wrapped around the wounds to stop the flow of blood.

His friend’s wife then took him to Beachlands Medical Centre from where he was taken to hospital. He received 10 stitches above his ankle, four stitches to close his severed Achilles tendon and will not regain any feeling around his little toe, according to media.

New Zealand Department of Conservation shark expert Clinton Duffy said if Lindberg’s wounds were the work of a shark it was probably a bronze whaler.

While they don’t usually attack humans, it could have been attracted to Lindberg’s fishing spot if there were distressed fish in the net. “That would be enough to attract a shark into the area looking for a feed.”

Duffy described such shark attacks as “slash and run attacks” that usually target a person’s hands and legs.


New Zealand Herald

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