Man bitten by shark off the County Cork coast

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A man from Belfast suffered a “deep flesh wound” after being bitten by a shark off the coast of County Cork on Saturday evening.

The Irish Times

A Belfast man was bitten by a shark while fishing off the coast of Cork on Saturday evening.

The man, who is in his 40s, was fishing aboard the deep sea angling boat Deora De when he and his group landed two Blue Sharks, some 13 kilometres off Roches Point.

It is understood the man was trying to remove a hook from one of the Blue Sharks before throwing the fish back, when the other shark, weighing 47 kg (103 pounds), began thrashing about on the deck of the boat.

The second shark bit the man on the forearm and punctured his skin, resulting in a bleeding wound, before his friends were able to remove the shark and throw him back overboard.

The man was given immediate first aid by the crew of the Deora De who stopped the bleeding and bandaged him up before he was transferred to a Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat where further casualty care was given on board. The lifeboat was met at Crosshaven by an ambulance and the man was transported to Cork University Hospital.

Crosshaven RNLI volunteers were called to the scene at 6pm.

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