Adam Haling was attacked by a shark at Gnaraloo, Western Australia
20 hours ago August 21, 2014 12:08PM
A MAN has told of the terrifying moment he was attacked by a shark while spearfishing off the coast of Western Australia, and then the 10 hours he travelled to get to a hospital.
In what was meant to be a relaxed spearfishing trip with mates, Adam Haling, 31, from Perth, headed into waters at Gnaraloo, off the coast of Western Australia, with with his friend Mick Slocombe on Saturday.
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Mr Haling had just speared a fish and was swimming back to shore in shallow waters no more than 2.5 metres deep, when a reef shark suddenly emerged from the water.
Haling told News Corp Australia the shark rammed him in the face, ripping off his snorkeling mask. The shock and impact of the shark hitting his face forced him to drop his catch of the day.
“I can remember it being right on my face, seeing the front of its mouth on my face,” he said.
“Its top jaw hit my mask, and the bottom jaw hit underneath my chin. As it came down it ripped my mask.”
Mr Haling said he then watched the shark circle him as he was holding his neck, where he had been bitten.
“I saw the fin do a big arc, and I thought, oh no...surely the shark realizes that I have dropped the fish. It was a bit like Jaws,” he said.
“It then took the fish I had and it was gone. I think it was chasing the fish I had in my hand, and at the last minute it hit me instead the fish.”
Moments later, Haling said his first priority was to get himself and his friend out of the water.
Slocombe, 31, was still 100 to 200 meters away in the water, when Haling yelled out: “Shark. Help. We need to get out of here”.
“I was still holding my face together when I got Mick’s attention, and realized my whole body was covered in blood, and that I was in real danger with the amount of blood I was losing,” he said.
Haling then started running back to their car, before he realized he was losing too much blood and started feeling light headed.
“I then had to walk back to the car, I could feel my face was really loose, there was flapping skin, I knew it was an emergency. I realized I was really light in the head, I thought I’m in trouble here I might not make it to the car, I was thinking s**t, this could be it,“ he said.
Slocombe followed Haling’s blood trail and then drove him back to a camp site at nearby Gnaraloo Station. But it was only the beginning of what became a 10-hour journey for treatment. Read more...