Sunday, January 26, 2014

Spearfisherman Bitten by Sevengill Shark Off New Zealand

Spearfisherman bitten by sevengill shark in New Zealand
On Saturday, January 25, 2014, 24-Year-Old James Grant had just caught his first fish while spearfishing in Garden Bay, New Zealand when a sevengill shark latched onto his leg.

In an interview with Stuff.co.nz, Grant states that he began stabbing the shark with his dive knife until it eventually released his leg and swam off.

Grant, who is a medical intern, made his own way to shore and tended to his wounds with a first aid kit that he normally keeps on hand for his pig-hunting dogs.  He stitched his own wounds using a needle and thread.

Eventually his fellow spearfishermen friends emerged from the water and took Grant to the hospital.  But while en route, they decided he needed a refreshment before treatment so they stopped at the Colac Bay pub for a beer.

Upon learning that the Colac Bay pub was hosting a fishing tournament, Grant expressed disappointment that he hadn't actually killed the shark.

Grant should make a full recovery and he states that "when the stitches come out I will be back in the water."

Check out the full story at Stuff.co.nz.