Diver 'swallowed' by shark survives

Bitten on head and torso, he pokes predator in the eye to free himself.

    Scientists say an average of one out of 15 shark attacks in Australia each year is fatal [EPA]

    The bite crushed his face mask and broke his nose, Dennis Luobikis, a fellow diver and friend, said.
     
    "He was actually bitten by the head ... the shark swallowed his head," he said, adding that the shark took a second bite out of Nerhus, clenching a jaw around his torso.
     
    Luobikis said the brunt of the second bite was taken by Nerhus's weight vest made of lead.
     
    Nerhus fought frantically to free himself from the shark's jaws and was eventually pulled back on board his boat by his son.
     
    "He pushed his abalone chisel into its head while it was biting and it let him go and swam away," Luobikis said.
     
    Sharks, including great whites, are protected in Australia.
     
    Scientists say an average of 15 shark attacks occur in Australia each year - one of the highest rates in the world - and about one each year is fatal.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.