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Terror In Sea, Diver Lucky To Be Alive

Man tells how his brother was lucky to survive a shark attack off the Cakaudrove coast in Vanua Levu
08 Mar 2020 10:35
Terror In Sea, Diver Lucky To Be Alive

A farmer and part-time diver is lucky to be alive after he was attacked by a shark, says his young brother, Poate Ratulevu.

Mr Ratulevu, also a farmer, said brother Iliuta Naceva told him that it happened all over sudden when he was diving for fish at Tawake, off the Cakaudrove coast in Vanua Levu last Monday.

The attack was so ferocious that Mr Naceva suffered deep injuries to his right arm. He was rushed to Labasa Hospital where he is recovering.

But Mr Ratulevu said the seriousness of the wound would keep Mr Naceva at the men’s surgical ward for at least a month.

Mr Naceva was still in pain and in a state of shock and would not comment last night. Prayer sessions were being held to help him recover.

Mr Ratulevu said: “My brother told us that it was very painful experience and it was the first time he had been bitten by a shark. I don’t think he is going back diving when he recovers.”

“He is also a farmer, but that day he was out diving with two men who managed to help pull him out,” he said.

“We are very grateful that he is alive as he is a father of two children and the wife is a nurse and they would need his support.”

This is the first shark attack incident in the Northern Division so far this year. It is not known what sparked the attack because the area is generally regarded as safe.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Fisheries is advising divers to be cautious.

It said sharks only attacked people if their habitat was being disturbed.

Sharks would swim away after one bite, it added.

“Shark attacks happen worldwide between 8am and 6pm and mostly on weekends during the warmer seasons of the year,” it said in a statement.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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