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article imageWestern Australia teen spears shark that attacked friend

By Richard van der Draay     Jan 2, 2015 in World
Perth - A teenager from Western Australia has used his spear gun to kill the shark that fatally attacked his friend. Jay Muscat was killed following an attack by a great white shark at Cheynes Beach in Albany only days ago.
According to reports ,the shark subsequently rounded on Muscat’s mate Matt Pullella who managed to take out the shark by shooting it in its mouth,using his spear gun.
Pullella described the horrifying ordeal on Facebook, just hours after his 17-year old friend Muscat was bitten on his leg by a shark and killed. "The shark hit me first then attacked Jay," wrote Pullella. "The shark turned and came for me,I pushed the spear gun down its throat and fired the gun,this is something no one should ever have to see."
Western Australia beaches closed following fatal shark attack.
Western Australia beaches closed following fatal shark attack.
Unscathed,Pullella made for the shore and hauled himself up from the water near the rocks at Three Stripes. A nearby fisherman heard his cries for help and dragged Muscat into his boat, hurrying to get the injured teenager to Cheynes Beach,which is located some 70 kilometres of Albany. Police and paramedics were on hand to assist Muscat but the boy’s injuries were too severe and there was nothing more they could do for him.
With news of the incident spreading instantly, children having swimming lessons at Cheynes Beach were rushed out of the waves and beaches in the vicinity were closed to the public.
The Perth-based West Australian newspaper said the shark attack was 14th fatal incident off the West Australian coast since 2000 and came in the wake of last year’s mauling to death of surfer Chris Boyd off the town of Gracetown.
West Australia Department of Fisheries spokesman Rick Fletcher said two boats would patrol the area today. "One of them will be setting drum lines, the other will be doing patrols in the nearby regions," he added. "One of the people involved in the attack actually shot at the shark with a spear gun,so the shark may be injured so we are going to have a look to see if we can find the shark if that is the case."
Fletcher said not everyone was pleased with the decision to hunt and destroy the shark. "This is part of the [State] government's serious threat policy so we are implementing it [and] if we find the shark that's consistent with the… policy and possibly involved in the attack, it… will be destroyed,” he noted. Fletcher also said the hunt for the shark would continue for today at least, adding that a reassessment would be made if it had not been located by nightfall.
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