Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bleeding very badly

A French diplomat working for the European Union was rushed to Australia for medical treatment after being attacked by a shark in Papua New Guinea. Thomas Viot, 30, was bitten on the leg by what he believed was a tiger shark as he kite-surfed near a reef off the capital, Port Moresby, 1,800 kms from Darwin. Despite a wound that went down to the bone, causing a huge loss of blood, Viot managed to kite-surf back to a beach where local people and friends rushed to his aid.

‘I don’t know how I managed it after the attack, but somehow I succeeded in riding back to the shore with my kite surf,’ he said after being flown to the Queensland city of Brisbane.

Viot said he was ‘bleeding very badly’ after the shark, which was at least 6.5ft long, lunged at him as he stood on his kiteboard.

There have been 49 shark attacks, with 25 fatalities among them, in Papua New Guinea since 1925.

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