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Best Friend Saves Teen’s Life After Shark Attack Off Australian Coast

A friend in need is a friend indeed. And Luke Pascoe, a 17-year-old from Albany, Australia would attest to that. This teenager recently survived a shark attack on the south coast of Western Australia, courtesy of his friend. Apparently, his friend put him on his back and carried him two kilometers across rocky terrain. The teenager had been spearfishing off the coast of Mistaken Island near Goode Beach. This is where he believes he was attacked by a 5 m great white shark. He probably wouldn’t have survived if his friend Conner Shirley hadn’t acted fast. 

Shark Attack Survivor Escapes Death Due to Quick Thinking Friend

Luke Pascoe (R) recovering from the shark attack. His best friend and savior Conner Shirley (L) looks over him.
Image Credits: Briana Fiore | ABC Great Southern

Luke Pascoe commented, “Conner was the one that helped me up onto the rock and he piggybacked me 2km along the rocks back to the car and drove me to hospital. I owe my life to him. I was lying in bed last night and I was thinking to myself how lucky I am to still be here.” His friend, Conner, had apparently learned a great deal of first aid at school. To help his friend he managed to make a tourniquet. This makeshift tourniquet was made from his diving belt and was crucial to prevent blood loss. In an interview, he mentioned, “First aid at school actually taught me a couple of things. It mainly started to bleed when I got him out of the water.

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Pascoe had three lacerations to his limbs from to the shark attack. In his interview with ABC, he informed them that he had managed to shoot a fish in the deep water and the shark had been attracted by the blood. With Luke being the prey, the predator managed to tear a sizeable chunk out of the teenager.

In an interview conducted at Albany Health Campus on August 8th, the teenager stated that he was still a little out of sorts, but in good spirits. Luke was quite surprised by the fact that he couldn’t feel the pain initially. While he was bleeding freely, his body had gone into shock and adrenaline, which prevented him from succumbing immediately. But he would later feel a lot of pressure being applied to the wound to help it clot. 

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Lloyd Pascoe, Luke’s father, stated that he was proud of the two boys. His son had shown incredible resilience in the face of certain death. Conner, on his part, had shown some quick-thinking in rescuing his friend. Luke Pascoe knew the dangers that came with diving, so he was naturally not angry at the shark. “It’s more my fault than the shark’s fault.

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Shark Attacks on the Rise?

Shark attacks in Austrailia and other areas of the world are increasing. “Globally and in Australia, shark bites on humans have increased steadily over the past few decades,” says Prof Charlie Huveneers from Flinders University.

The reasons for the increase in attacks are most likely multifactorial. “It is unlikely to be linked to only one factor and a combination of reasons likely contributes to the increased number of shark bites, including a growing human population spending more time doing water-based activities and recovering shark populations, or changes in shark occurrences along the coast,” Huveneers says.

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Taking Precautions

In general shark attacks are rare. While there is no foolproof way to prevent them, there are ways to minimize the risk. Here are some helpful tips from the Florida Museum to avoid a shark attack:

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  • Try to be in groups since solitary individuals appear to be better prey for sharks.
  • Try to be as close to the shore as possible.
  • Avoid going into the water when there is no light or during twilight since that is when the creatures tend to be the most active.
  • Do not go into the water with any sort of open wound or while menstruating.
  • Avoid wearing shiny jewelry as they can look like fish scales to sharks.
  • If a shark does attack you, try to hit its nose. If it bites you, then try to claw at its gill opening and eyes. They are the shark’s sensitive areas. Always try to be as active as possible during such situations as the creatures respect power and size. [3]

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Sources

  1. Best mate saves teen’s life after shark attack near Mistaken Island off Albany coast.” ABC.  Briana Fiore, Peter Barr, and Tim Wong-See. August 15, 2022.
  2. “New dataset shows shark bites in Australia are increasing and researchers want to know why” The Guardian. July 6, 2022.
  3. Advice to Swimmers.” Florida Museum
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