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Australian diver says partly swallowed by shark

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Photo: A Great White Shark swims past a diving cage off Gansbaai about 200 kilometres east of Cape Town in this undated handout photo.

Jan 23, 2007
SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian abalone diver told rescuers he was partly swallowed head-first by a Great White Shark on Tuesday but managed to fight his way free, suffering a broken nose and bite marks around the chest.
Diver Eric Nerhus, 41, was underwater with his 25-year-old son and other divers off Cape Howe, near Eden on Australia's southeast coast, when the 3 meter (10 foot) shark attacked.
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Photo: Eric Nerhus is taken to the emergency ward at Wollongong Hospital.
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