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Jonny Penny and friend Robert Malcolmson (right) fishing after Robert was bitten by a blue shark

Jonny Penny and friend Robert Malcolmson (right) fishing after Robert was bitten by a blue shark

Jonny Penny and friend Robert Malcolmson (right) fishing after Robert was bitten by a blue shark

An angler who was rushed to hospital after being bitten by a shark on Saturday was back out fishing yesterday on the same boat.

Robert Malcolmson (40), from Belfast, was sea angling with a group of friends off the Cork coast on Saturday evening when a blue shark they were landing turned on the line and bit his lower arm.

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A blue shark

A blue shark

A blue shark

He suffered a four-inch gash to his armand started to bleed heavily and became dizzy.

The boat, the Deora De, was around 20km off Roche's Point and a decision was made by skipper Jim Linehane to contact the Coast Guard and organise getting Mr Malcolmson, also known as 'Milky', to hospital for treatment.

Also on the boat was angler Jonny Penny, who helped administer first aid.

Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat launched and raced to the scene.

Mr Malcolmson was treated on board and taken to shore.

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He was then transferred to Cork University Hospital by a waiting ambulance.

His wounds were cleaned, stitched and bandaged and an undaunted Mr Malcolmson resumed the fishing trip with his friends yesterday.

"We were fishing for blue shark and had one on the line, and when we were taking it in it just flipped over and snapped at Robert," one of the angling party told the Herald.

"It wasn't a huge cut, but he was losing a good bit of blood and he started to feel a bit dizzy and sick so we thought it best to get him seen to," he added.

"But he's back out with us today, and everything is fine," he explained.

Blue sharks rank among the most numerous of shark species in Irish waters.

However, they are not counted among species known to attack humans such as tiger, mako and great white sharks.

While people have been bitten by them, these are usually the result of fishing incidents.

However, because of its rows of razor sharp teeth, a bite from a blue shark can be exceptionally dangerous.

"A blue shark is a wild creature, and you always have to be cautious when bitten by a wild animal," skipper Jim Linehane said.

"Because we were at sea it wasn't like we could drive to the hospital, so we decided to call the Coast Guard and meet the boat so we could get the lad to hospital," he added.

Crosshaven RNLI issued a post on Facebook saying its volunteers received the information about the incident at 6pm on Saturday and launched immediately.

"The deep sea angling boat Deora De steamed towards Crosshaven from about 13 miles offshore and rendezvoused with the Crosshaven lifeboat about four miles south of Roche's Point," it said.

"The casualty had been given immediate first aid by the crew of the angling boat before being transferred to the lifeboat where further casualty care was given on board.

"The lifeboat was met at Crosshaven by a NAS Paramedic crew which transported the casualty to University Hospital.

"We wish the patient well," it added.

Helm on the rescue mission on Saturday was James Fegan with Jenna O'Shea, Derek Moynan and Vincent Fleming.

The shore crew included Kevin McCarthy, Robbie O'Riordan, Peter Lane and Hugh Mockler.


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