Cluster

Lucky escape from Australia shark attack

PG
Wednesday, 20-June-2012

 

SYDNEY: An Australian man had a lucky escape on Wednesday after being thrown from his surf-ski when it was rammed and then attacked by a shark, forcing a friend to rush to his rescue, officials said.
 
The man was out paddling with friends on the surf-ski, also known as a sea kayak, at Perth's Mullaloo Beach when he felt a "significant thump on the back half of his surf-ski", Surf Life Saving WA said.
 
Initially he thought a jet-ski had hit him.
 
"He was flung into the water and turned around to see the tail of the shark moving through," the surf authority's community manager Chris Peck told local media.
 
The shark -- believed to be a three-metre (10-foot) Great White -- then attacked the kayak with its jaws, Peck said.
 
Fisheries spokesman Mike Burgess said the shark "has taken a bite at the end of the ski".
 
"Certainly the force has thrown him out of the ski," he said, adding that there was "documented evidence of Great Whites attacking small craft."
 
Authorities commended the bravery of a fellow paddler who went to the marooned man's rescue, paddling past the shark to pick him up.
 
"Who knows what might have happened if he had to have swum 150 metres (feet) into shore and not had someone there to help out," Peck said.
 
It was the second shark attack off the west coast Wednesday, with a five-metre shark reportedly lunging out of the ocean at a commercial fisherman hauling crab pots in the West Coast Dive Park south of Perth.
 
"A big, big shark, he was talking around the five-metre mark, came up and had a big bite and tried to get whatever was inside," Burgess said.
 
Western Australia ruled out a shark cull in April after a diver was killed by a Great White while looking for crayfish -- the fourth fatal incident in seven months.Sharks are a common feature of Australian waters but fatal attacks are rare.
 
Experts say the average number of attacks in Australia -- about 15 a year, with at least one being fatal -- have increased in line with population growth and the popularity of water sports.
AFP



    

Top Stories

Punjab govt. seeks four-month time for LB polls

ISLAMABAD: Punjab government has sought four-month time from Supreme Court (SC) for holding local bodies election in the...

Car bombings kill at least 33 people in Iraq

BAGHDAD: A new wave of car bombs ripped through commercial areas in the Iraqi capital and areas to the south Tuesday, ki...

Altaf, Zardari discuss law & order in Sindh

KARACHI: Muttahidat Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain and former president and co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Pa...

White House weighs petition to deport Justin Bieber

WASHINGTON: As if Barack Obama didn't have enough problems to deal with already, his administration now is being asked t...

Sindh CNG stations reopen after 24 hours

KARACHI: CNG stations across Sindh including Karachi reopened after 24-hour closure at 8:00 AM today (Tuesday), media re...

Gas leakage blast kills 1, hurts 3 in Quetta

QUETTA: An explosion occurred at a house due to gas leakage, killing at least one person and wounding three others here ...

Ministry of CAD decisions put students,teachers & parents in a fix

Islamabad:Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD) indecisive attitude put the students as well as paren...

10-year-old maid allegedly tortured to death in Lahore

LAHORE: A 10-year-old girl, who works as maid, was allegedly tortured to death in Lahore, medi reported.Sources said tha...

Five friends voluntarily embrace death: police

THATTA: Police after initial investigation claimed that five friends, who were allegedly killed in Noori Jam Tamachi, vo...

Pakistan wants good relations with all neighbouring countries: PM Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan wanted good relations with all the neighbouring countries....

IHC dismisses Musharaf’s pleas; verdict issued

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday issued 11-page detailed verdict over the intra-court appeal filed by f...

Pakistan to get $550m after IMF review meeting on Dec. 19

WASHINGTON: International Monetary Fund (IMF) first quarter review meeting on Pakistan’s loan programme will be held on...

Kayani thanks Corps Commanders for extending support

RAWALPINDI: The 166th Corps Commanders Conference was held at General Headquarters on Thursday.   Outgoing Chief of Ar...

3 women held captive for 30 years: UK police

LONDON: Three women have been freed after spending 30 years held captive in a south London home, including one woman be...

Iran has slowed work on atomic facilities: IAEA

NEW YORK: Iran appears to have dramatically slowed work on its atomic energy program since the summer, U.N. officials s...

Young Frenchman too heavy to fly will go home by ship

NEW YORK CITY: A young Frenchman who weighs 230 kilograms (500 pounds) and was deemed too heavy to fly on a jetliner ar...

Ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf released

ISLAMABAD: Adiala Jail authorities have formally released the country’s former military strongman General (retd) Pervez...

Bolivia coca ambush leaves 4 security force members dead

LA PAZ: A weekend ambush and hostage-taking involving police and Bolivian coca growers has left four people dead, offic...

Muslim pilgrims ritually stone devil as hajj nears end

MINA: Throngs of Muslim pilgrims took part in devil-stoning ritual for a second day Wednesday in Saudi Arabia's Mina Va...

KP Home Department orders police to collect data of internet cafes

PESHAWAR: The Home Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has ordered police to collect the record of all the intern...


Feature / Analysis

  • SMOG IN INDIA, CHINA IS CHANGING WEATHER PATTERNS IN US, FINDS STUDY

    Man-made air pollution in Asia is exacerbating climate change and link...

    Read More »

  • Amid construction boom, Myanmar starts to build disaster resilience

    YANGON, Myanmar: The Sule Pagoda Road in downtown Yangon is famous for...

    Read More »

  • EPA scores big win to limit mercury in power plants

    The Environmental Protection Agency took home a sweeping victory Tuesd...

    Read More »

  • Asian Pollution Boosts Pacific Storm Power

    Pollution from China's coal-burning power plants is pumping up winter ...

    Read More »


Opinion

  • Coal Returns to German Utilities Replacing Lost Nuclear

    What’s a beleaguered utility to do when forced by the government to cl...

    Read More »

  • US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study

    A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journalPersp...

    Read More »

  • An unequal battle

    WHILE going to the Karachi Press Club to attend a press conference cal...

    Read More »

  • Turtles Change Migration Routes Due to Climate Change

    CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK, Costa Rica : The critically endangered hawksbil...

    Read More »