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Man attacked by shark for second time.....

Posted by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:33 AM
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Krikey. After the first time I probably never would have gone back in the water. This guy is lucky.


Australian diver survives second shark attack in 10 years


 

Diver Greg Pickering is recovering at a hospital in Australia after surviving his second shark attack in 10 years, according to reports. NBC's Duncan Golestani reports.

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor

An Australian diver was recovering in hospital Wednesday after surviving his second shark attack in 10 years, according to local media reports.

Greg Pickering was diving for shellfish when he was gored by what officials suspect was a great white near the city of Esperance in Western Australia.

It was the second time the 55-year-old has found himself in the jaws of a shark. In 2004, he was bitten on the leg while spearfishing near Cervantes, north of the Western Australia capital, Perth, the Western Australia Today newspaper reported.

"When the shark grabbed me it just sort of struck bone," he told Reuters after that attack. "I felt the teeth go right into the bone."

Pickering suffered injuries to his head and face in Tuesday's attack, Royal Flying Doctor Service spokeswoman Carrie Parsons told reporters. He was flown from a hospital in Esperance to the Perth Royal Hospital Tuesday night where he underwent 10 hours of surgery.

Royal Perth Hospital spokesman Matt Avery told reporters he was in a stable condition on Wednesday.

Mr Pickering was working for Southern Wild Abalone when he was attacked and company manager told Australian network, ABC that he suffered "substantial injuries" and a nearby vessel came to help.

"Another diver's boat was in the vicinity so they have come to assist the crew, give first aid and obviously to bring the diver's vessel to shore and administer first aid while this diver remained on the deck of his boat and rendezvous with the ambulance," he said.

"The initial reaction was help," fellow diver Jonas Woolford said. "And how do we deal with this."

Australian Underwater Federation WA spearfishing representative, Graham Carlisle told PerthNow that Pickering, "would have had a number of close calls, as would any spear fisherman."

"The more time in the water, the higher the probability something will happen," he said. "That's just an accepted reality of the work."

A catch and kill order for the creature was called off Wednesday, according to The Australian, because there was no longer an imminent risk of attack.

Sharks are common in Australian waters, though the nation has averaged just more than one fatal attack per year over the past 50 years.

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furbabymum
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:37 AM

 I'm bloody terrified of sharks. I had a real hard time in Hawaii. lol

heather77g
by Bronze Member on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:41 AM

holy cow! i think i would have learned after the first shark attack to stay out of the water 

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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Food Chain!

LaughCryLive
by Silver Member on Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM
how did he not hear the music???? anyone seen that movie soul surfer? love that movie
SimplyEnchanted
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM

4.5 million people are bitten by dogs a year. You're more likely to be bitten by your pet than you are by a shark, even if you go into the water freaquently.

Having said that, this is a spear fisherman...he is at an increased risk for shark attack so it isn't all that unusual that he's been attacked twice in 10 years.


LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Your dog is unlikely to be able to tear your leg off :D

Quoting SimplyEnchanted:

4.5 million people are bitten by dogs a year. You're more likely to be bitten by your pet than you are by a shark, even if you go into the water freaquently.

Having said that, this is a spear fisherman...he is at an increased risk for shark attack so it isn't all that unusual that he's been attacked twice in 10 years.



SimplyEnchanted
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM
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Dogs do kill people every year. I don't think I would want to be bitten by either. :D My point is though, going into the water doesn't mean you're going to be attacked and the likelyhood of being attacked twice is very minimal. Although, this particular diver was at increased risk due to the spearfishing

Quoting LindaClement:

Your dog is unlikely to be able to tear your leg off :D

Quoting SimplyEnchanted:

4.5 million people are bitten by dogs a year. You're more likely to be bitten by your pet than you are by a shark, even if you go into the water freaquently.

Having said that, this is a spear fisherman...he is at an increased risk for shark attack so it isn't all that unusual that he's been attacked twice in 10 years.




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cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM

True....but I think I'll take my chances and stay on land. The ocean has always scared me, and this is just one of the reasons why. 

Quoting SimplyEnchanted:

Dogs do kill people every year. I don't think I would want to be bitten by either. :D My point is though, going into the water doesn't mean you're going to be attacked and the likelyhood of being attacked twice is very minimal. Although, this particular diver was at increased risk due to the spearfishing

Quoting LindaClement:

Your dog is unlikely to be able to tear your leg off :D

Quoting SimplyEnchanted:

4.5 million people are bitten by dogs a year. You're more likely to be bitten by your pet than you are by a shark, even if you go into the water freaquently.

Having said that, this is a spear fisherman...he is at an increased risk for shark attack so it isn't all that unusual that he's been attacked twice in 10 years.





SimplyEnchanted
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM

I hear ya! I logically know the statistics and the risks but I don't even want to go in fresh water. I've seen too many episodes of River Monsters :D

Quoting cjsbmom:

True....but I think I'll take my chances and stay on land. The ocean has always scared me, and this is just one of the reasons why. 

Quoting SimplyEnchanted:

Dogs do kill people every year. I don't think I would want to be bitten by either. :D My point is though, going into the water doesn't mean you're going to be attacked and the likelyhood of being attacked twice is very minimal. Although, this particular diver was at increased risk due to the spearfishing

Quoting LindaClement:

Your dog is unlikely to be able to tear your leg off :D

Quoting SimplyEnchanted:

4.5 million people are bitten by dogs a year. You're more likely to be bitten by your pet than you are by a shark, even if you go into the water freaquently.

Having said that, this is a spear fisherman...he is at an increased risk for shark attack so it isn't all that unusual that he's been attacked twice in 10 years.






Mama to six beautiful girls- Piper(12), Paris(10), Prue(8), Priya(5)&Kahlan(3), Arie (3 weeks old!) and two angel babies that were too precious for earth, Angel('09) and Evenstar('12)


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cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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Me, too. 

Now, if it's not a swimming pool, I'm not going in it. LOL

Quoting SimplyEnchanted:

I hear ya! I logically know the statistics and the risks but I don't even want to go in fresh water. I've seen too many episodes of River Monsters :D

Quoting cjsbmom:

True....but I think I'll take my chances and stay on land. The ocean has always scared me, and this is just one of the reasons why. 

Quoting SimplyEnchanted:

Dogs do kill people every year. I don't think I would want to be bitten by either. :D My point is though, going into the water doesn't mean you're going to be attacked and the likelyhood of being attacked twice is very minimal. Although, this particular diver was at increased risk due to the spearfishing

Quoting LindaClement:

Your dog is unlikely to be able to tear your leg off :D

Quoting SimplyEnchanted:

4.5 million people are bitten by dogs a year. You're more likely to be bitten by your pet than you are by a shark, even if you go into the water freaquently.

Having said that, this is a spear fisherman...he is at an increased risk for shark attack so it isn't all that unusual that he's been attacked twice in 10 years.







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