INJURED – 8 October 2013 – Poison Creek, Cape Arid National Park, Western Australia – diver attacked

Greg Pickering, 55, is evacuated to hospital. He suffered ‘substantial’ wounds to his torso and minor wounds to his face from a a great white shark attack.
Greg Pickering, 55, is evacuated to hospital. He suffered ‘substantial’ wounds to his torso and minor wounds to his face from a a great white shark attack.

Greg Pickering, 55, suffered ‘substantial’ wounds to his torso and minor wounds to his face from an attack by what is thought to be great white shark while diving for abalone off Poison Creek in Cape Arid National Park, Western Australia. The incident occurred about 10.30am on Tuesday 8 October 2013.

It is not the first time Pickering has been attacked by a shark. In 2004, Pickering survived an attack by a 1.5m bronze whaler while spearfishing with a friend near Cervantes.

The crew of a nearby abalone boat dragged him from the water and tried to stem the bleeding. They rushed him to shore from where he was evacuated to Esperance Hospital where he was treated for bite wounds. A Royal Flying Doctor Service plane then transported him to Jandakot airport from where he was taken by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital. Pickering underwent a 10-hour surgery at the hospital. He was discharged on 15 October.

The Australian


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INJURED — 28 August 2012 — Red Bluff Point, near Quobba Station, Western Australia — surfer attacked

Jon Hines, 34, was attacked repeatedly by a shark while surfing at Red Bluff Point near Quobba Station in Western Australia. He fought off the shark but suffered serious wounds to his abdomen and right arm. The attack happened around 3.25pm on Tuesday 28 August 2012.

He was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital and was reported in a stable condition following surgery.

Witnesses told the press he fought off the attack after the initial bite to his abdomen and suffered serious wounds to his right arm in the process.

“There was a big swell . . . plenty of my mates were around there, they said it was pretty brutal,” one of the witnesses said.

“A couple of them helped drag him in . . . they heard him screaming for help and they thought he just hurt himself badly in a wipe-out.

“From what I hear he had to fight it off and it came back and had another go and that’s when it got him on the arm.

One of the surfers helped Hines get to shore.

“He just told the guy to hang on to his leg rope and he just paddled him straight in,

“He did a really good job . . . he is legend of the ocean, he just did what he had to do and he did it well.

“He saved his life I guess, all the people out there – all the girls and boys out there – helped save him.”

It was not reported what type of shark it was although it was reported that tiger sharks are known to frequent the area.

Another witness said the water was full of blood.

“He was conscious the whole way back though, he was OK. He was in good spirits, as well as he could be.”

Perth Now

INJURED – 30 October 2010 – Garden Island Naval Base, near Rockingham, Western Australia

Shark victim Elyse Frankcom

Elyse Frankcom, 19, was bitten on the hip and left buttocks by a great white shark while snorkelling with a few other divers off Garden Island Naval Base, near Rockingham, Western Australia. Reports say she suffered puncture wounds, but no loss of flesh. The incident happened at 12.30 pm on Saturday 30 October 2010.

The media praised an unidentified man as a hero after grabbed the tail of the 3-metre great white in an attempt to pull it off Frankcom. The shark subsequently released its grip and swam away. Witnesses at the scene said it was unlikely she would have survived had he not bravely intervened.

“As the shark bit her, it brushed aside a fairly large male who grabbed hold of the tail of the shark, which then made it let go,” said Frank Pisani, Fremantle Sea Rescue senior skipper, one of the first rescuers on scene.

“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. He certainly was instrumental in making this a good outcome.”

Pisani said there was a paramedic on the boat, but no first-aid equipment, so sea rescue volunteers worked to stabilise the badly bleeding victim.

“We used all our first-aid equipment and did all we could to stem the bleeding before the RAC rescue helicopter arrived,” he said.

“There were very deep puncture wounds, quite wide but there was no actual loss of flesh.”

The unidentified 'hero' who pulled the shark of Frankcom
The unidentified 'hero' who pulled the shark of Frankcom

Another witness said they had been swimming in quite shallow water about 7 metres of water. They had two dolphins right by Frankcom’s side and we believe this shark has come in from the bottom and grabbed hold of her. Frankcom had been hosting a swim-with-the-dolphins tour for Rockingham Wild Encounters when the shark attacked.

This witness said Frankcom also punched the shark on the nose.

She was taken to Royal Perth Hospital where she was said to be recovering well.

The Daily Telegraph


PIC Source: PerthNow