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Australian man saves woman from shark by pulling tail

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The 10-foot shark had grabbed the female diving guide in its mouth already. In fact, it had latched on to her upper thigh and her buttocks. Fortunately, she was not alone in the water and another swimmer came to her rescue. The unidentified man evidently grabbed the shark by its tail and rescued the woman.

South of Perth Australia

The incident took place near Perth, which is on the western side of Australia on Saturday afternoon. Elyse Frankcom was diving with a group of people looking for dolphins. This was a dive she had done many, many times before. This time, however, things took a potentially grim turn when a 10-foot shark showed up.

The shark grabbed hold of Frankcom, sinking its teeth into her upper thigh. As the shark began shaking its head and Frankcom tried to escape from the fish’s jaws, an unidentified man arrived and grabbed the shark’s tail. The shark let go.

According to witnesses Frankcom began to sink toward the bottom. However, the same man who had grabbed the shark then grabbed her and guided her to the surface. He then assisted in getting her back on the boat.

The initial guess is that the 10-foot-long shark was a great white or a whaler shark. Great white shark are actually fairly common in Australian waters.

Frankcom was reported in stable condition in a local hospital. She is expected to make a full recovery.

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