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Diver fights off shark in Sydney Harbour

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posted on Feb, 11 2009 @ 03:40 AM
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Diver fights off shark in Sydney Harbour


www.abc.net.au

A Navy diver has undergone emergency surgery after fighting off a shark off Woolloomooloo in Sydney Harbour this morning.

The 31-year-old was brought to St Vincent's Hospital in a critical condition about 7:00am (AEDT), with severe injuries to his right hand and right thigh.

The hospital has not confirmed reports that the man lost his hand. It says he is in a serious but stable condition in intensive care.
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posted on Feb, 11 2009 @ 03:40 AM
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This isn't what you'd be expecting diving in the habour, it seems Bull sharks love the area and there was a lot of fish about.

I'm curious if his training has saved his life?
Being a clearance diver is a huge advantage in a situation like this.


The Royal Australian Navy is in shock after a shark bit one of its elite divers during a counter-terrorism exercise in Sydney Harbour.

The Army's elite SAS soldiers might be known the world over for their advanced skills but in the Navy, they don't come more highly trained than the specialist clearance divers.




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posted on Feb, 11 2009 @ 05:07 AM
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I wonder if he was wearing an electronic shark repellant like the "Shark Shield"?

Police here must use them if sharks may be present. If he was, and it was being used correctly, it would be a world first.



posted on Feb, 11 2009 @ 09:54 AM
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Originally posted by Chadwickus


This isn't what you'd be expecting diving in the habour,


Are you kidding? Its common knowledge that Sydney harbour is filled with sharks . (Around here it is anyway )

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posted on Feb, 11 2009 @ 09:56 AM
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Not ones big enough to pose a threat.

But I guess if you're in sea water deep enough, there's always gonna be the chance of a shark turning up.



posted on Feb, 11 2009 @ 09:58 AM
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Originally posted by NuclearPaul
I wonder if he was wearing an electronic shark repellant like the "Shark Shield"?

Police here must use them if sharks may be present. If he was, and it was being used correctly, it would be a world first.


Since he is a clearance diver he might not be able to.

Not sure how the electronic repellent works, but it might impede the stealthiness of a navy diver.



posted on Feb, 11 2009 @ 10:04 AM
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Theres been Great Whites seen cruising around in there as well as the odd tiger shark , Even Bullsharks are known to be dangerous and should be approached with caution .



Found some snippets of the story so ima have a look see .
In any case hes lucky .

Man, the shark attacks around here are rising in frequency of late, Anyone doing anything in open water should be cautious .



posted on Feb, 11 2009 @ 10:15 AM
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I stand corrected
I heard on the news that they reckon it was a bull shark that attacked him.



posted on Feb, 13 2009 @ 06:33 AM
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WAS HE USING A SHARK SHEILD ? YES OR NO.



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