Man bitten while fishing for shark off Irish coast


A man has been bitten by a blue shark while fishing off the coast of Cork. The man from Belfast sustained a serious lower arm injury while deep-sea angling on Saturday evening just off the Irish coast. He was given immediate first aid by the crew of the angling boat, before being transferred to a lifeboat where he received further care.

Crosshaven RNLI volunteers were called to the scene at 6pm. An RNLI spokesman said: “This was more of an angling accident than a shark attack, there was a bit of a struggle when pulling the shark on board. We’re not trying to panic anyone.”

The boat, Deora De, sailed towards Crosshaven from about eight miles offshore and met the lifeboat about four miles south of Roches Point. An ambulance took the man from Crosshaven to Cork University hospital. Although blue sharks are the most common species of shark in Irish waters, they rarely bite humans. They usually feed on small fish and squid, and can live for about 20 years. Until 2013, the species was implicated in only 13 biting incidents.(theguardian)…[+]