A Cornish fisherman has revealed how he feared his private parts would be torn off after a dead shark broke free from his boat’s fishing net and ‘bit’ him.
Max Berryman, from Penzance, is now recovering in hospital after he was rushed in for surgery when his flesh was ripped in six places by the beast’s sharp teeth.
The hapless 21-year-old told the Sun It had me in its jaws and could’ve had my privates off.
Mr Berryman had to be airlifted by the coastguard from his fishing boat more than a hundred miles out at sea after the freak mauling by a porbeagle shark.
It was previously believed the porbeagle shark – a relative the dreaded Great White species – was still alive when it was hauled onto the vessel ‘Govenek of Ladram’ in one of their fishing nets on Sunday.
But yesterday, his friends and crew mates in Newlyn, Cornwall, were at pains to explain he was not bitten as early reports suggested.
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Instead, he was cut by the sharks razor sharp teeth as it was hauled onto the ship dead.
A deckhand on a sister ship of the one Max is a crew member of said The shark come over dead and has caught his leg which is very funny.
The shark has come off the winch, fallen and dragged its teeth down his leg.
The lads on his boat think it’s hilarious – he might be the only person in the world to have been bitten by a dead shark.
It is the talk of the harbour, everyone can’t believe it, but when you are out there you can get cuts and bruises really easily, I have been nicked by a dead blue shark once, so things can happen.
Fellow sailor Sean Smeadon, who was on board when it happened, posted grisly pictures of his injury on Facebook .
He wrote Shark came over the hauler dead and mouth wide open, teeth out, hit his leg, then a girl scream LOL.
The picture shows Max’s leg mauled in six places, with the longest wound measuring around 10 inches long -made of two long deeo gashes very close to each other.
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After sterilising and dressing the leg wound, the fishing crew alerted HM Coastguard by VHF radio asking for medical assistance.
The coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Newquay, Cornwall, was then sent to the 23m vessel, which was positioned 107 nautical miles west of Lands End.
Max was then winched off the ship in a dramatic rescue before being flown to the Royal Cornwall Hospital where it is understood he has undergone surgery and will remain for a few days before being released home.
Coastguard Alex Grieg said the fisherman had received horror injuries.
I’ve never come across anything like this before, he said.
The casualty had four or five significant cuts below his knee.
One was ten inches in length. The cuts were down to the muscle.
The 21-year-old has been part of the crew on the ‘Govenek of Ladram’ for around two years.
A year ago, he had also been pictured with a porbeagle shark that had also got caught in the nets.
The photographer Tony Fitzsimmons, who spent a week with the crew said This particular shark also got caught in the net.
‘They are not fishing for this, it is mainly for hake around here, but is is just one of those things that happens.
I am assuming the one that bit him was much bigger than this one.
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