January 23, 2007 12:45pm
A DIVER has survived being partly swallowed head-first by a 3m white pointer shark off the NSW south coast.
The 25-year-old man was diving for abalone with a friend off Cape Howe, near Eden, when he was attacked and part-swallowed by the white pointer about 11am (AEDT) today.
The shark took the man head-first into its jaws and clamped down, tearing deep cuts in both sides of his torso, a Snowy Hydro rescue spokeswoman said.
But the diver struggled free, breaking his nose in the process.
His companion called emergency services and the man was taken to Wollongong Hospital suffering shock and blood loss.
He is in a serious but stable condition.