Taming the terror

01:46, Apr 05 2014
Vaughan Hill
SHARK ATTACK: Vaughan Hill, pictured with his daughter Isobel, was freediving when he was attacked by a white pointer shark.

Ordinary people face extraordinary situations every day. Beck Eleven finds out what it feels like to be attacked by a shark, stung by an exotic ant, faced with a sword-wielding attacker, plunge to Earth in a tangled parachute and have your first day at school.

Whether you’re 5 or 85, a normal day can turn out to be one of your most memorable.

Octogenarian Lois Kennedy was lying in bed when she heard a neighbour shout for help. Her reflexes took control as she grabbed the nearest weapon – her plastic hearth brush – and ran towards a sword-wielding attacker.

Eric Janssen had completed more than 100 skydives when he became tangled in his parachute cords while freefalling at 250 kilometres an hour.

Mike Aston was trekking in the Amazon when he was stung by an ant considered to have the most painful sting in the insect world.

Vaughan Hill was 23 and diving for paua when he won the battle but lost an arm against a white pointer shark off the coast of Pitt Island. 

At 5 years old, Cooper Marsh hasn’t lived long enough for any such adventures, so his first week at primary school was a big deal. In fact, it was so tiring he took a nap on his second day.

No matter what you consider to be extraordinary, take a walk in these people’s shoes and discover something new.