Shock as Cornwall suffers its first shark attack in years

A female snorkeler has been bitten by a shark in Penzance harbour, Cornwall, England. Image: RMC42/Shutterstock.com

A female snorkeler has been bitten by a shark in Penzance harbour, Cornwall, England.

The shark’s victim has been left with a leg injury in an incident that occurred on Thursday, July 28 whilst the lady was part of an organised excursion.

The victim was rescued by the coastguard and left in the care of paramedics.

The excursion company confirmed the news in a Facebook post on Tuesday, August 2, which read: ” We want to make everyone aware that we have had an incident.”
 
These occurrences are extremely rare and can be easily misunderstood so we want this to be dealt with as sensibly as possible.”
 
“As we know, these things can happen when we choose to interact with wild animals in their own environment. The last thing we want is to let speculation drive the media into a world of bad press for the sharks, under no fault of their own.”
 
“We immediately enacted our emergency response plan, with first aid being carried out on the person involved.”
 
“Following advice and assessment from the coastguard, the person walked off the boat and received further treatment ashore.
Statement from the person involved:-“
 
“I just wanted to say that despite how the trip ended, it was amazing to see such majestic creatures in the wild and I don’t for a second want this freak event to tarnish the reputation of an already persecuted species.”
 
“Wanted to thank everyone for their amazing actions. What was a very scary incident was made so much easier by the kindness and calmness of the people around me.”
 
“Thank you to the trip team for getting me back to shore quickly and carefully and making me feel as safe as I possibly could.”
 
“We all take these risks when we enter the habitat of a predator and we can never completely predict the reactions of a wild animal. “
 

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