‘Shark attack’ off the coast of Cornwall: Woman is bitten on leg near Penzance harbour

Shark attack off the coast of Cornwall: Woman is bitten on leg near Penzance harbour while on snorkelling trip to see blue sharks

A snorkeler believed to have been bitten by a shark off Cornwall has been left with a leg injury, Coastguard have said. 

The swimmer was hurt off Penzance, and rescued by the coastguard on Thursday and left in the care of paramedics. 

HM Coastguard has confirmed that it is believed the injury was caused by a suspected shark bite.

However, the agency did not give any more details on the age of the victim, type of shark or their current condition. 

But it is understood she was a woman on a snorkeling trip to see blue sharks.  

A spokesperson said: ‘HM Coastguard sent Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team to meet a snorkeler who suffered a suspected shark bite. 

‘The coastguard was notified just before 12.30pm on Thursday (July 28). It is believed the swimmer suffered a leg injury. 

‘The coastguard team met the casualty at Penzance harbour to assist with passing them into the care of the ambulance service.’

Several species visit the Cornish waters every year, including blue sharks, porbeagle sharks and basking sharks – who do not tend to attack humans – but shark attacks remain rare, especially in the UK.

The British Sea Fishing website said: ‘Blue shark attacks on humans are extremely rare but have been recorded. In total, on a world-wide basis, there are four confirmed cases of fatal blue shark attacks on humans with twenty-five confirmed non-fatal attacks.

‘In August 2012 a beach in Ceredigion, Wales was closed to bathers due to the presence of a blue shark.

‘The shark was spotted swimming in between boats and came very close to the shore, swimming past tourists in just a few feet of water. 

‘Later in the same month another beach in West Dorset had to be closed for an hour and a half due to another blue shark.’

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