26 September 2005

Australia: Surfer fights off great white shark on birthday

Australians marvelled on Monday at the valour of a surfer who fought a four-metre Great White shark and survived with only a few gashes to his legs.

Josh Berris, 26, had his death-defying moment on Sunday at Kangaroo Island near Adelaide.

"He's very lucky to come out unscathed," paramedic Dean George told national broadcaster ABC. "With the conditions over there and the water he was in and the number of sharks that I'm sure were around, he was a very lucky man."

George was in the helicopter that whisked birthday-boy Berris to an Adelaide hospital after four friends had pulled him ashore and bound his wounds.

Source: www.iol.co.za


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