UK: Fisherman Catches Shark in Net; Shark Bites Fisherman

by Steven Morris / The Guardian

A fisherman was airlifted to hospital after being bitten on the leg by a shark landed on a boat off the Cornish coast.

Crewmates of Max Berryman, 21, tended to his wounds before a coastguard helicopter winched him off the vessel and back to the mainland.

The porbeagle shark was hauled up by the crew of the Govenek of Ladram in a net more than 100 miles off Land’s End.

Crew members sterilised and dressed Berryman’s wounds and called for help. The helicopter flew from Newquay in north Cornwall to the 23-metre vessel on Sunday morning and Julian “Bungi” Williams, a paramedic, was lowered on to the boat to attend to Berryman before the fisherman was winched up to the helicopter.

Berryman, from Penzance, was taken to the Royal Cornwall hospital in Truro.

 

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