A Man Saved A Woman By Grabbing the Shark’s Tail – A man saved a woman from a shark attack off the coast of western Australia. The rescuers said that the man grabbed the shark’s tail, then it let go of her. It had bitten the 19-year-old Elyse Frankcom.
There were more than 30 people, including several children, who were on board the boat during the shark attack.
The shark attacked on Saturday as Frankcom was leading a group of tourists on a swim with dolphins from a boat sailing off Garden Island, which is about 50km (30 miles) fro Perth. The shark measured 3m-long. It has not been definitely identified but is believed to be a Great White. It came up from the bottom of the water and bit Frankcom.
According to one of the first rescuers on the scene, Fermantle Sea Rescue senior skipper Frank Pisani, the swimmer certainly was instrumental in making this a good outcome. She added “As the shark bit her, it rushed aside a fairly large male who grabbed hold of the tail of the shark, which then made it let go. The girl then started to sink to the bottom and he grabbed her and brought her to the surface and got her back on board the boat.”
The anonymous swimmer then brought the teenager to the surface and got her on board a boat. She was flown to hospital by a helicopter.The victim is said to be in a stable condition after undergoing a six-hour surgery in hospital. The girl apparently had bites on both thighs. They pulled a shark’s tooth out of her butt, so Elyse is very proud of that. She’s got that as a bit of a memento.
Frankcom was working for Rockingham Wild Encounters, which organizes boat and swimming trips, from a town south of Perth. She had recently posted a message on her Facebook page saying: “If I get attacked or die, at least I die happy and doing the thing I love.”
Sharks are common feature of Australian water. However, according to the Australian Shark Attack File, attacks are rare with only 53 fatalities in the last half-century.