Man tackles shark at Australian beach

Last updated 10:12 22/01/2013

Drama as a man drags a shark back into the sea as it closed in on beachgoers in Australia. Sarah Sheffer reports.

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A British tourist has come over all Crocodile Dundee and wrestled with a shark as it tried to close in on a group of toddlers playing at an Australian beach.

Panic broke out when the two-metre shark ventured into the shallows on Bulcock Beach, Queensland, where the children were paddling.

Hearing the shouts of "shark, shark", Paul Marshallsea ran to their rescue and grabbed the shark by its tail, dragging it to deeper water.

"My instincts took over and I just grabbed the shark by the tail," he told the Daily Mail.

He added that he acted to save not only the playing children, but also the shark itself.

"Her two-feet-long babies were swimming through my legs. They must have got lost and marooned by the shallow sand-banks and got beached."

Marshallsea's quick actions and bravery have been praised by the Queensland coastguard.

The scene was captured by a local television crew filming on the beach nearby.

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