Angler survives struggle with 150kg shark

A PORT Elizabeth angler has told how he wrestled a ragged-tooth shark to save his leg at the weekend.

Lionel McDougall, who was bitten by the shark – estimated to weigh more than 150kg – at Rufane’s Beach, east of Port Alfred, during an angling competition on Saturday, recounted the moment when he heard the fish sink its sharp teeth into his leg.

The angler also quipped from his hospital bed that he would keep the shark’s 3cm tooth, which was removed from his knee during an operation yesterday.

Speaking from Mercantile Hospital in Port Elizabeth, McDougall said: “I went into the water to unhook the shark after it was caught by my teammate Gary Stevens. When I got my hands on it, the shark made a sharp turn and began to attack.

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