INJURED – 16 April 2011 – Snapper Point, Wellington, New Zealand – surfer bumped

Then the shark nudged me off my board and leapt on top of it and was thrashing about.

Laine Hobson shark attack victim - surfing Snapper Point, NZ
Laine Hobson had a close encounter with a shark while surfing Snapper Point, New Zealand

Laine Hobson had a tussle with a bronze whaler shark while surfing at Snapper Point, Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday 16 April 2011. He’d been in the water for about two hours when the shark nudged him. The incident left him shaken and he escaped with only a small wound to his left hand.

He told media that he knew straight away what had nudged him in the right thigh as he waited in the waves. He said the shark hung around long enough for him to make out that it was a bronze whaler.

“It wasn’t like Jaws coming at me viciously. It came up and nudged me on the thigh while I was sitting on my board. It gave me a shock but I pushed it away with my hand then it cruised around in front of me and gave me another nudge on the other leg.

“I was then trying to keep the board between me and the shark – I was probably screaming by then – there was another guy close to me. Then the shark nudged me off my board and leapt on top of it and was thrashing about.”

He said he wasn’t sure how his hand got injured, but he was left with a deep puncture wound in it, which bled profusely in the water.

As fate would have it – it was his first time back surfing in a year after breaking his leg badly while playing soccer with students.

“I don’t know if the shark followed me in. I was concentrating on the shore and going as fast as I could, while trying to keep my toes out of the water.”


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INJURED – 13 February 2010 – Dent Island, Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia – swimmer attacked

shark_turnbill Patricia Turnbill, 60, was bitten on the buttocks by a 2 metre bronze whaler or bull shark while swimming near Dent Island, about three kilometres from Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays in Queensland, Australia. She fought off the shark by punching it on the nose. Her wounds were serious and she lost several pints of blood.

She was swimming with friends about 100-200 metres from shore when the incident happened on Saturday afternoon, 13 February 2010.

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She is quoted in the Daily Mercury as saying:

“As I was swimming I felt this all mighty tug.

“I turned around and saw this huge shark and thought I am not going to let this shark get the better of me.

“I started punching the shark’s nose – I just kept punching and punching and punching.

“We (the shark and I) had a bit of a tug of war going on.

“I knew at that point, that a part of my body was ripped off.”

She told the Australian:

"And then it got me under the water, but not much because I started kicking at its neck."

The Brisbane Times quoted her as saying:

"All I could concentrate on was surviving."

At this point staff from the local resort pulled her into a small boat and applied

pressure to her wounds with a shirt. She was then transferred to a speed boat and then to a rescue helicopter.

A doctor with rescue helicopter was quoted as saying she lost a lot of blood as well as a substantial amount of flesh.

“I got onto the speed boat and at that stage I was comfortable because I knew I had a doctor there.

“I was having a few jokes, like I was mightier than the shark.

“All I could concentrate on was surviving – I surprised myself. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would fight a shark.

“You can either panic or you can survive.”

The rescue helicopter took her to Mackay Base Hospital where she underwent surgery. At the time of this blog she was expected to undergo more surgery, including skin grafts.

Patricia Trumbull recounts the attack (video)


Daily Mercury
New Zealand Herald

PIC Credit:
(AAP/ CQ Rescue )