An Australian guide was lucky one of her customers had quick reactions and knew just what to do.
A shark by the tail
SYDNEY: An Australian swimmer who grabbed the tail of a large shark as it attacked a snorkelling tour guide likely saved the young woman’s life.
Elyse Frankcom, 19, was leading a swimming with dolphins encounter in waters off western Australia on Saturday when a shark, reportedly a 3m-long great white, bit into her hip and buttocks.
‘‘As the shark bit her, it brushed aside a man who grabbed hold of the tail of the shark, which then made it let go,’’ a rescuer said. ‘‘The girl then started to sink to the bottom and he grabbed her and brought her to the surface and got her back on board the boat.
He was instrumental in making this a good outcome.’’
The shark attacked as Ms Frankcom swam off Garden Island about 50km from Perth. AP
grab – to take hold of something in a rough or rude way คว้า,จับ
snorkeling – swimming under water using a snorkel, a piece of equipment with a tube that fits in your mouth so that you can breathe while swimming under water ท่อช่วยหายใจในน้ำ
guide – someone whose job is to look after a group of people คนนำทาง,ไกด์
who are visiting a place and give them information about it
dolphin – a large sea animal, similar to a fish, with a long nose ปลาโลมา
encounter – a meeting, especially one that happens by chance การเผชิญหน้า
hip – one of the two parts at either side of your body between your waist and the top of your legs สะโพก
buttocks – one of the two round parts of your body that you sit on บั้นท้าย, ก้น
rescuer – a person who save someone form a dangerous or unpleasant situation ผู้ช่วยชีวิต
sink – to (cause something or someone to) go down below the surface or to the bottom of a liquid or soft substance จม
instrumental – involved in an important way in making something happen
outcome – a result ผล