Man vs. Shark

Granddad saves children by wrestling shark just off Australia beach

A British tourist has been hailed a hero after he grabbed a six-foot shark by its tail and dragged it away from a group of toddlers as they played in shallow water off the coast of Queensland.

Paul Marshallsea, 62, was praised by the lifeguards after he rushed from a beach-side barbecue to keep the children safe. And it was all caught on camera.

Paul, from South Wales, told news reporters: "Where this shark actually came ashore, it's shallow for about five or six yards, and a lot of babies and toddlers splash about there. It could have been very nasty.

"My instincts took over and I just grabbed the shark by the tail.

"I got hold of his tail and pulled with all my might to get the shark back into deep enough water, so that the poor thing could survive."

Paul was lucky to escape intact as the shark fought back and tried to take a bite out of his leg. "When I got the shark to just over knee deep he turned on me and just missed me with a bite," he said. "The shark nearly took my leg off in a split second, it was that quick."

After his shark-wrestling heroics, Paul calmly returned to his stunned family and friends - and they carried on enjoying their barbecue in the sunshine.

His Aussie pals joked that only a Brit would be daft enough to tangle with a killer shark.

A lifeguard spokesman said: "We don't recommend manhandling sharks, but this gentleman did a great job."

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