Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 10 October 2015

Shark wrestling hero gets the sack upon returning to Britain

Published 13/03/2013

When a British man was filmed wrestling with a shark in Australia as it threatened children playing on a beach, the online footage went around the world and he was hailed as a hero.

Unfortunately for Paul Marshallsea, on sick leave from work with stress at the time, his bosses at the children's charity that employed him saw the video – and he has been sacked for breach of trust.

Mr Marshallsea (62), from South Wales, had been away from his role at the Pant and Dowlais Club since last April.

He and his wife Wendy were on holiday on the advice of his GP. They had been enjoying a barbecue on the beach outside Brisbane when they heard cries of "Help, shark!".

The charity worker argued that he risked his life when he waded in to the surf and grabbed the 6ft shark by the tail.

But when they arrived back in Britain, Mr Marshallsea found a letter informing him he was sacked.

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