Archive for the ‘Australasia’ category

INJURED – 8 October 2013 – Poison Creek, Cape Arid National Park, Western Australia – diver attacked

17 October, 2013
Greg Pickering, 55, is evacuated to hospital. He suffered ‘substantial’ wounds to his torso and minor wounds to his face from a a great white shark attack.

Greg Pickering, 55, is evacuated to hospital. He suffered ‘substantial’ wounds to his torso and minor wounds to his face from a a great white shark attack.

Greg Pickering, 55, suffered ‘substantial’ wounds to his torso and minor wounds to his face from an attack by what is thought to be great white shark while diving for abalone off Poison Creek in Cape Arid National Park, Western Australia. The incident occurred about 10.30am on Tuesday 8 October 2013.

It is not the first time Pickering has been attacked by a shark. In 2004, Pickering survived an attack by a 1.5m bronze whaler while spearfishing with a friend near Cervantes.

The crew of a nearby abalone boat dragged him from the water and tried to stem the bleeding. They rushed him to shore from where he was evacuated to Esperance Hospital where he was treated for bite wounds. A Royal Flying Doctor Service plane then transported him to Jandakot airport from where he was taken by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital. Pickering underwent a 10-hour surgery at the hospital. He was discharged on 15 October.

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The Australian

NineMSN

The West 

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INJURED – 2 December 2012 – Green Island, New South Wales, Australia – spearfisherman bitten

21 January, 2013

A spearfisherman (name not released) received minor lacerations to his knee after a shark bit him while he was spearfishing off Green Island, New South Wales, Australia. The incident happened on 2 December 2012.

He was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital with minor injuries, which did not require stitches.

According to other divers, the victim had a dead fish attached to his weight belt, which attracted the shark.

No other details were reported.

Sources:
News.com.au

INJURED — 28 August 2012 — Red Bluff Point, near Quobba Station, Western Australia — surfer attacked

31 August, 2012

Jon Hines, 34, was attacked repeatedly by a shark while surfing at Red Bluff Point near Quobba Station in Western Australia. He fought off the shark but suffered serious wounds to his abdomen and right arm. The attack happened around 3.25pm on Tuesday 28 August 2012.

He was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital and was reported in a stable condition following surgery.

Witnesses told the press he fought off the attack after the initial bite to his abdomen and suffered serious wounds to his right arm in the process.

“There was a big swell . . . plenty of my mates were around there, they said it was pretty brutal,” one of the witnesses said.

“A couple of them helped drag him in . . . they heard him screaming for help and they thought he just hurt himself badly in a wipe-out.

“From what I hear he had to fight it off and it came back and had another go and that’s when it got him on the arm.

One of the surfers helped Hines get to shore.

“He just told the guy to hang on to his leg rope and he just paddled him straight in,

“He did a really good job . . . he is legend of the ocean, he just did what he had to do and he did it well.

“He saved his life I guess, all the people out there – all the girls and boys out there – helped save him.”

It was not reported what type of shark it was although it was reported that tiger sharks are known to frequent the area.

Another witness said the water was full of blood.

“He was conscious the whole way back though, he was OK. He was in good spirits, as well as he could be.”

Sources
Perth Now

FATAL – 14 July 2012 — Wedge Island, north of Lancelin, Western Australia – surfer attacked

25 July, 2012

“By the time I got out there half of him had been taken and the shark was circling.”

Ben Linden was killed by a shark while surfing off Wedge Island in Western Australia

Ben Linden, 24, died from his wounds after being attacked by a shark while surfing about 4 km south of Wedge Island, north of Lancelin, Western Australia. The incident happened around 9am on 14 July 2012.

Linden was reportedly with a friend when the attack happened. The attack is believed to be by a great white shark.

A Fisheries Department spokesperson was quoted as saying:

“The two people were in the water surfing or waiting for a wave when the victim was attacked by a shark.”

He said two other surfers, one on a jet ski and the other being towed came over to help when they saw a commotion in the water.

He said the man’s friend and the others surfers were not in a position to help and went back to shore and contacted the police.

He said Linden’s body was not recovered.

The guy on the jetski was quoted as saying:

“I was towing my mate on the back of the jetski and in front of us I just saw a guy get attacked by a shark and I just took my mate straight to the shore and went straight out and there was just blood everywhere and a massive, massive white shark circling the body.

“By the time I got out there half of him had been taken and the shark was circling.

“I tried to lean off the side and pull him on the back, but as I did that, the shark came back and nudged the jet ski to try to knock me off.

“When I came back the second time, he took the rest of him. I just thought about his family and if he had kids. I just wanted to get him to shore. I gave it everything I had.”

Sources:
Illawarra Mercury
Daily Telegraph

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FRIGHTENED – 20 June 2012 — Mullaloo Beach north of Perth, Western Australia – surf skier attacked

20 June, 2012

Martin Kane, 62, examines his surf ski that was bitten in half by a 3-metre great white shark, flinging him into the water.

Martin Kane, 62, escaped injury, but was badly shaken when a 3-metre great white shark attacked his surf ski, biting it in half. The incident happened around  7.15am on Wednesday 20 June 2012.

He was paddling with a group of 4 other surf lifesavers about 150 metres off Mullaloo Beach north of Perth, Western Australia.

He was flung into the water but was rescued by a friend who was in the group of paddlers.

He said it felt like being rammed by a jet ski and made a loud exploding noise.

“I seriously thought it was a row of dolphins smashing into the ski.

“What really confused me was the extent of the noise and the crunching sound, it really surprised me, I really didn’t know what it was until I saw the fin and realised it was a shark.

“Because it is a sealed unit, when the shark bit it, it went off like an explosion.

“Soon as I saw his tail and thrashing around with the ski coming right out of the water, I said it’s time to get out of here so in defiance I threw my paddle at him and started to swim away.”

He told reporters he suspected stringers that run down the length of the ski and control the rudders saved his life.

“I suspect that its teeth were caught up in that and it was too bothered trying to get rid of the ski to chase me, so I’m very, very happy that was the case.

“I’m just very lucky to be here, very lucky to be able to see my grandkids again.”

Sources:
ABC News

Sydney Morning Herald

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ABC News

INJURED – 12 June 2012 – Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia – surfer bitten

14 June, 2012

Mike Higgins leaves Geelong Hospital after having his minor shark bite wound treated.

Mike Higgins, 42, was surfing with friends when he felt the shark brush against him in the water. It then bit his foot his foot and let go.

“It had a little bite then let go after a couple of seconds. I was pretty scared,” he told the press.

The incident took place around 10am on 12 June 2012 off Port Campbell on Victoria’s south east coast, Australia.

A friend took him to Geelong Hospital where he was treated for a small gash, and later discharged.

It was not reported what type of shark it was.

Sources:
7 News
Herald Sun

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FATAL – 31 March 2012 — south of Stratham near Busselton, Western Australia – diver attacked

4 April, 2012
Peter Kurmann killed by shark off western Australia

Peter Kurmann was killed by a shark while diving off Western Australia

Peter Kurmann, 33, was attacked and killed by a four-metre great white shark around two kilometres off Stratham Beach, near Busselton, Western Australia. The incident happened on Saturday 31 March 2012.

Kurmann was diving with his brother, who was not harmed in the attack. His brother reportedly dragged Kurmann’s body back onto the dive boat and took him to Port Geographe Marina, near Busselton.

The brother is reported to have said he saw a 4-metre shark in the area at the time of the attack.

No other details of the incident were reported.

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ABC

The Telegraph

Asia One

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