INJURED – 11 February 2010 – Mona Vale beach, Sydney, Australia – surfer attacked
Paul Welsh, 46, was bitten on the left leg by a shark while surfing with his young son at Mona Vale beach, Sydney, Australia. He suffered minor lacerations to his left calf and several sharks teeth were embedded in the wound, which indicated it was a harmless Wobbegong shark. The incident happened on Thursday 11 February 2010.
Welsh told media:
“I was pushing my son on to
waves and it just belted me from behind. I grabbed on to the pinnacle of a rock and held on as it tried to drag me out … and I won.”
“I knew it was a shark straight away…cause nothing quite grabs you like that, it was just the force of the hit, it was unbelievable.”
A witness Michael Brown was reported as saying his teenage son saw a “whole lot of thrashing in the water” before a shark emerged from the depths in an “unbelievable” scene.
“It launched straight up into him, knocked him out of the water and then latched onto his leg.
“Luckily, he had a chance to grab onto a rock and the shark’s actually thrashing, trying to drag him back into the water.
“He’s managed to release himself from the shark and crawl up onto the rocks, and just had a big bite mark in his leg and blood just streaming out of it.”
He was taken to hospital by his wife who witnessed the incident.
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