INJURED – 6 March 2012 — Arawhata Rd surf spot, Taranaki coast, New Zealand – surfer bitten
Peter Garrett (age not reported – though it says he is middle aged) was bitten on the left calf by a shark (unidentified) while surfing 100 metres offshore at the Arawhata Rd surf spot just north of Opunake on the Taranaki coast, New Zealand.
The incident happened around 7pm on Tuesday 6 March 2012.
Stuff.co.nz quotes another surfer in the water at the time as saying:
“I heard him shrieking, he was freaking out and thrashing around. He kind of kicked it off him and went in on the next couple of waves and went straight for the rocks.”
“We came in when it started circling us. It nudged my mate Brucey and tried to get his fins. Then I was like, bugger this, I’m going in.”
“It kept coming back too, it didn’t just happen and then get scared off, it was pretty interested.”
Garret paddled to shore where other surfers used iodine and bandages to fix his wound. He didn’t seek medical treatment.
The other surfer said the wound was bleeding quite a bit but didn’t seem serious.