Posted tagged ‘spearfisherman’

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.


INJURED – 16 May 2012 – Matacucu Reef near Taveuni, Fiji – spearfisherman attacked

29 May, 2012

Tevita Naborisi, 20, was bitten on the right side of his head by an unidentified shark while spearfishing with a group at Matacucu Reef near Taveuni, Fiji.

The incident took place on May 16, 2012.

His cousin who was in the spearfishing group said Naborisi strayed from the rest of the group before the shark bit him.

“He had speared a donu when the shark attacked him from his right side,” his cousin is quoted as saying.

“The shark bit his head but he managed to fend the shark away.

“The shark had bitten into the right side of Tevita’s temple in the first attack. The shark came around a second time but Tevita managed to push the shark away.”

Naborisi swam 50 metres to the nearest man in the group who then called the boat which was another 50 metres away.

According to the report Naborisi was recovering at Waiyevo Hospital in Taveuni.

Fiji Times

INJURED – 24 September 2011 – Anna Maria Island, Gulf of Mexico, Florida, US – spearfisherman attacked

11 October, 2011

Charles Wickersham recovers in hospital from a shark bite.

Charles Wickersham was spearfishing with several friends in the Gulf of Mexico off Anna Maria Island on Saturday afternoon, 24 September 2011 , when a suffered a severe crescent-shaped bite wound about 15 inches long after bull shark bit him on the left thigh. His friends got him back to the boat and took him ashore where paramedics airlifted him to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

Rescue officials said he lost a lot of blood, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Experts estimate the bull shark was about 6-feet long.

Wickersham’s mother was quoted as saying:

Nobody saw it coming. They said it was pretty horrific.

And they heard CJ [Wickersham] scream, and he said ‘I’ve been bit by a shark!

He came up to take a breath, he thought one of the guys punched him in the leg, he felt this really hard force in his left leg, he was looking to his right in the water, looking down to see if he could see any more fish, saw the shark, punched him in the nose and thank God, he let go and they pulled him in the boat.

One of Wickersham’s friends was quoted as saying:

He didn’t even see it, just bit him right in the thigh gave him about a 14-inch laceration. The shark came up took one bite, realized it wasn’t anything he wanted, let go and was gone. The water turned just blood red. Gave him just a ten-foot diameter, just like pure blood, it was bleeding pretty fast.


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INJURED – 19 June 2011 — Between Providenciales and French Cay, Turks & Caicos, Caribbean Sea – spearfisherman attacked

15 July, 2011
cefor lewis - shark attack victim

Cefor Lewis was bitten by a shark while spearfishing off the Turks & Caicos

When I turned the boat to go to him, I saw a shark lift him high out of the water.

Cefor Lewis, 35 suffered a large bite to his right mid calf from a shark attack while spearfishing between Providenciales and French Cay, Turks & Caicos, Caribbean Sea. The incident happened on Sunday 19 June 2011.

Lewis was with his brother who was in a boat. According to a report, they sailed up to French Cay at about 10am when Lewis jumped overboard to do some spearfishing.

His brother said Lewis wanted to shoot a shark and his brother warned him not to.

A few minutes later he resurfaced “yelling and screaming”.

“When I turned the boat to go to him, I saw a shark lift him high out of the water,” his brother said.

He said the shark was about 5 feet long – and not a tiger shark.

He pulled Lewis into the boat.

“There was a lot of blood. The only thing I could tell him was: ‘You’re a Christian man, you aren’t gonna be dead’,” he was quoted as saying.

It took about an hour to get back to Providenciales where an ambulance was waiting to take him to Cheshire Hall Medical Centre for treatment. Doctors said he suffered considerable blood loss during the boat trip, but they managed to stabilise him with two units of blood. He underwent surgery to save his leg.


Turks & Caicos Weekly News

INJURED – 4 May 2011 – off Palm Beach, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – spearfisherman attacked

12 May, 2011

Trevor Burgher, 37, was bitten on the left calf while spearfishing with a friend near Palm Beach on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The incident happened on 4 May 2011.

Burger told the Witness newspaper:

“I am so lucky. I felt the pressure on my leg. I felt the shark shake it but, as I turned around to look, the shark let go of my calf and simply swam away.”

“It was almost an investigative bite.”

Burger told the newspaper he was spearfishing in the early morning with a  friend and that he had just surfaced with a fish about 30 metres from their boat when the shark attacked him.

“We had bandages on the boat and then got to shore as fast as possible.”

He was taken to Netcare Margate Hospital where he received 58 stitches (another report says he received 24 stitches) and was reported in a stable condition.

No other details were reported.




INJURED – 9 April 2011 – Malake island, Fiji – spearfisherman attacked

11 April, 2011

Atuate Caucau, 27, received minor wounds from a shark bite while spearfishing in waters of Malake Island, Fiji, on Saturday 9 April 2011.

The brief report in Fiji Times says he was treated at Rakiraki Hospital and released.

A police spokesperson said he was fortunate to not have been diving alone.

No other details were reported.

Fiji Times