|Greg Pickering discusses the shark attack with Sunday Night|
Greg has been a abalone diver for nearly 33 years. He is an avid diver, spearfisherman and is a world class freediver once holding his breath for six minutes while on a dive. Greg attributes his overall ease of being underwater and his ability to remain calm in adverse situations as a large factor in what saved his life. The other factor? Luck.
|Greg Pickering and Callan Turner revisit the spot of the attack|
He estimates that he was in the shark's grasp for 15 seconds before the shark released him. Greg knew he had to remain calm and began swimming towards the surface all the while wondering if the shark would come back for a follow up hit. But luck was on his side, he was able to ascend the 15m to the surface without encountering the shark again.
Severely injured and bleeding profusely, Greg pulled himself into the boat where deckhand Callan Turner was faced with a monumental task of controlling Greg's bleeding and getting him to medical care. This would not be an easy task as the closest hospital was 1,000 kilometers away in Perth.
It took eight hours to get Greg to Royal Perth Hospital where he would undergo 10 hours of surgery to his head and torso. He received numerous stitches and staples to seal the massive wounds he sustained in the attack.
|This tooth helped identify type of shark|
Here's Greg's riveting and heroic story, much of it in his own words. 18:25 in length.
(Photos are video screenshots)