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Belfast angler bitten by shark back fishing again

Jonny Penny and Robert Malcolmson
Jonny Penny and Robert Malcolmson
A blue shark

By Conor Feehan

An angler from Northern Ireland who was rushed to hospital after being bitten by a shark off the Cork coast on Saturday is already back fishing again.

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

He received a four inch gash to his arm, but due to its depth he started to bleed profusely and become dizzy.

The boat was more than 12 miles off Roche's Point and a decision was made by the skipper of the Deora De boat, Jim Linehane, to contact the Coastguard to assist getting Mr Malcolmson to hospital.

Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat launched and raced to the scene, while angler Jonny Penny helped with first aid on the boat.

Mr Malcolmson was brought to shore before being transferred to Cork University Hospital by a waiting ambulance.

His wounds were cleaned, stitched and bandaged and 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 said.

"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 as amongst the most numerous shark species in Irish waters.

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

"And because we were at sea it wasn't like we could drive to the hospital so we decided to call the coastguard and meet the boat so we could get the lad to hospital."

A RNLI spokesman added: "This was more of an angling accident than a shark attack. There was a bit of a struggle when pulling the shark on board.

"The injury is absolutely not life changing and it was a repairable flesh wound."

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