Third bite of the 2014

Richard O’Connor was bitten by a shark while fishing at Umina Beach on Australia Day.

“I was trying for some bream or flathead but the fellow fishing next to me hooked a reef shark,” Mr O’Connor told the Hunt Network.

Photo: Richard O'Connor
Photo: Richard O’Connor

“We managed to get it off the hook between us but as we lay it on the rocks my hand slipped and the shark grabbed it.” he added

He was able to kill the shark and  pull his fingers from it’s mouth.

“The other fellow had a look and said it would definitely need stitches so we applied a makeshift pressure bandage.” he said

He went to a local clinic where he received 5 stitches.

“The whole experience seems a bit surreal – those things tend to happen in slow motion as far as your perception goes. I just didn’t respect the shark enough.” he added

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