You are Unregistered, please register to use all of the features of!    

Firearm & Gun Forum - > General Discussion Forums > The Club House >

Girl vs Shark

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-02-2010, 04:29 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
zhuk's Avatar
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Sydney, Aust
Posts: 2,031
Liked 6 Times on 5 Posts

Default Girl vs Shark

Girl wins!

Invercargill girl fights off shark

Girl vs Shark - The Club House


LATEST: The mother of a 14-year-old Invercargill girl who was attacked by a shark has praised her daughter's remarkable calm.

Lydia Ward had to pound a shark in the head with her body board to make it release her from its grasp after it latched on to her hip in waist-deep water at Oreti Beach near Invercargill last night.

Fiona Ward said the shark's bite penetrated Lydia's wetsuit and her skin.

Lydia thought she stood on the shark, tried to move away and stood on it again, she said.

"It just came right out of the water and bit her."

But the quick-thinking teenager furiously whacked the shark on the head with her body board until it let her go, Mrs Ward said.

Lydia said she did not realise she had been attacked until she saw the look of horror on her brother's face.

"I saw my brother's face and turned to the side and saw this large grey thing in the water so I just hit it on the head with a boogie board," she said.

She said she had read "lots of magazine articles and things" about shark attacks which said that's what she should do.

Lydia, whose story has also made headlines across the Tasman, said she was still a "bit shocked" by the occasion.

"I'm sort of fine. It still doesn't really feel real that it actually happened."

Her brother, who was swimming next to her, estimated the shark was about 1.5m long.

Lydia said it was lucky the shark had not attempted to bite him also as he was not wearing a wetsuit.

The pair had fled from the water straight after the attack, with Lydia showing her wounds to her dad.

"Dad though I was crazy when I came out of the water but then I showed him the wetsuit and he was pretty shocked."

Mrs Ward agreed they had struggled to believe what had happened at first.

"She just came out and said 'I've been bitten by a shark' and honestly, the terrible thing about it was I thought she was having me on and then she just pointed to her wetsuit and there's the bite marks."

"I was like, 'for real', and her brother who was in the water with her said 'yeah it was this big grey thing came out of the water'", and showed the shocked parents the size of the fin.

Lydia was not seriously hurt but got "quite a fright".

The family had been to the emergency department but given up due to the wait.

They were going to visit the doctor again today.

Ms Ward praised her daughter's level-headedness.

"I couldn't believe the lack of fuss. I would've been hysterically screaming but no, there was no screaming. She was just standing there looking a bit shaky."

The former competitive swimmer who was a regular visitor at the beach would now be sticking to rivers and lakes, she said.

Senior Sergeant Bruce Terry of Invercargill police said the girl was body boarding about 500m north of the main entrance to the beach at the time.

Police patrolled the beach without further incident, he said.'

Invercargill girl fights off shark - national |

Yeah that's the common folklore about what to do with sharks here too - hit em on the nose/head...provided you can fight the rising panic

Illigitimi Non Carborundum - Don't let the bastards grind you down

Originally Posted by skullcrusher View Post
Yes, at WalMart, you can pick up a gun, ammo, ski mask and your antidepressants all in one trip. Darn convenient if you ask me...:D
zhuk is offline  
Reply With Quote

Join Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join Today! - Click Here

Old 02-02-2010, 04:39 AM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
gorknoids's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Virginia Beach,Virginia
Posts: 2,431
Liked 11 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 19


Even the small ones can ruin you. Especially considering how close the femoral artery was.......

"Guns don't kill people. Male Kennedy's kill people."
gorknoids is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2010, 04:51 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
orangello's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 19,156
Liked 5760 Times on 3371 Posts
Likes Given: 4889


Tough kid; you gotta watch those gingers!
Dead Bears, the only good kind.
orangello is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2010, 06:32 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
CA357's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Oregon
Posts: 19,871
Liked 1179 Times on 514 Posts
Likes Given: 2978


She's a Fire Lady for sure.
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”Samuel Adams
CA357 is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
Poor Girl Jusselin The Club House 10 12-02-2009 06:00 PM
Little Girl On A Plane IGETEVEN The Club House 4 09-30-2009 10:34 PM