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Diver ‘bitten’ in suspected shark attack on UK’s Cornish coast

The unnamed woman was rescued by Her Majesty’s Coastguard after the incident, believed to be the first such shark attack in UK waters since 1874, which took place near Penzance on Thursday.

HM Coastguard has since confirmed that a rescue team has been sent to offer assistance after the suspected shark attack.

“HM Coastguard has sent the Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team to meet a diver who has suffered a suspected shark bite,” a Maritime Coastguard Agency spokesman said.

“Coastguards were notified just before 12:30pm on Thursday (July 28). The swimmer is believed to have injured his leg.

“The Coastguard team met the victim at Penzance Harbor to help bring him into the care of the ambulance service.”

Reports suggest the woman may have been snorkeling to view the blue shark when the incident happened. However, no further details were provided on the diver’s current condition or what type of shark may have been involved.

While the US has the highest annual number of documented shark bites in the world, with a total of 47 reported in 2021, the presence of sharks in UK waters is very rare.

In fact, there have been no unprovoked shark bites here in 175 years, according to British charity The Shark Trust.


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