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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Surfer re-lives New Zealand shark attack

Greg Harkin

Published 09/03/2012|05:00

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The wounds inflicted by the shark in the sea off New Zealand

THERE is generally only one winner when a shark targets a surfer but, as our picture shows, sometimes the surfer can escape with a draw.

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A Sligo-based surfer has survived a minor shark attack in his native New Zealand.

Peter Garrett (42) nonetheless suffered 10 teeth wounds, each about two centimetres deep, when a shark mauled him at dusk off the coast of Taranaki in North Island.

Mr Garrett, a father of two who lives with his Irish wife Jenny at Coolaney, Co Sligo, was treated on the beach by two vets who had been surfing nearby.

Speaking from New Zealand yesterday the surfer said he was knee-boarding when he suddenly felt a bump to the board and a sharp pain in his leg.

He added: "I looked down and there was a shark on my leg and I sort of yelled obscenities at it. I yelled at it to f*** off. But it came back and I kicked at it with my flippers.

"Then I saw the other guys coming and I said 'Jeez, I've been bitten by a shark'."

Mr Garrett said when he made it to the shore the vets treated him with iodine and other medicine they had in their Jeep.

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