INJURED – 2 March 2009 – Cape Point, Western Cape, South Africa – fisherman attacked
Gabriel Fernandez, 40, the skipper of a tuna fishing boat was bitten by a one metre blue shark as he pulled it aboard the boat after hooking it. The boat was about 30 miles off the west coast of Cape Point when Fernandez was bitten. He received lacerations on two fingers on his right hand and a 6cm gash on his right arm. The incident happened on Monday, 2 March 2009.
“I was pulling the shark in – and it turned around and bit me instead.
“It was a blue shark and was just over a metre long,” he told media.
He was brought ashore at Hout Bay by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and taken to Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic.
Brad Geyser, station commander of the Hout Bay NSRI, told media: “They were catching tuna when they hooked a shark,” he said.
“They were trying to disentangle it from the side of the boat and it leapt out of the water and bit him.”