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Man fights off shark, goes for a beer

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 01:06

Jan. 28 - A New Zealand man who was attacked by a shark tells how he stitched himself up and went to the pub for a drink. Elly Park reports

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James Grant, a 24-year-old junior doctor from New Zealand, was spearfishing here with his friends last Saturday when he got attacked by a shark. SOUNDBITE: James Grant, Shark Attack Survivor saying (English) "Something tugging on my leg. I thought it might have been one of my dive buddies. Turned around and I saw a big silver face looking at me and a big body trailing off behind." He only had a small diving knife to fight off the animal. SOUNDBITE: James Grant, Shark Attack Survivor saying (English) "All I went to do was stab it as many times as I could really and eventually it let go." He then went on shore to stitch up his wounds while his friends, oblivious about the attack, kept on fishing. His saving grace - his thick wetsuit that now bears the marks of the attack. SOUNDBITE: James Grant, Shark Attack Survivor saying (English) "I think I must have been pretty adrenalised because I couldn't really feel it at the time." The group went for drinks afterwards at a local pub, where Grant was given band aids because he kept bleeding. SOUNDBITE: Warren Bevin, Publican of the Colac Bay Tavern, saying (English) "I gave him a pint of beer and his mates were kicking around laughing and he brought out the big first aid kit and got a little bandage out. There was a couple of good holes on both sides of his leg." While he survived to tell his story Grant says that he'll probably stay away from murky waters for a while.

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Man fights off shark, goes for a beer

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 01:06