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A sad occcurrenca is reported at Port Blair: “On the evening of Christmas Day one of the 80tli Regiment, named Kenny, went out to the bay to have a swim—a daily recreation between five and six p. m. When he was out a distance of about 150 yards from the jetty, he found himself attacked by a small shark, which bit off one of the fingers of his left hand, and lacerated another and the

thumb. The man being a good swimmer bravely resisted the attack, and had nearly succeeded in checking, it is said, his enemy, when he found himself attacked by a larger monster, which siezod him below the cap of the right knee, causing an incision of about four inches long by two deep. The wounded man still fought his way bravely, swimming towards the shore with his right hand, while with his other mutilated one he defended himself. While doing so the second and fiercer antagonist managed to sieze his wounded leg just behind the knee-cap, rendering it perfectly useless. Life, however, is sweet, and notwithstanding his ciippled condition Kenny struggled on towards a Ooat he saw coming to his aid, when a third shark attacked him from behind and tore off nearly the whole of the flesh from his back. Even in this dreadful state he managed to swim some fifty yards further and to reach the boat before-mentioned, when he was picked up. He was immediately conveyed to the shore, laid in a doolie,' and carried to the hospital, where he received every care and attention ; but after lingei’ing for thirty hours, and suffering the greatest agony, he expired. When the corpse was examined the intestines were plainly visible through the exposed ribs, three or four of which were broken. The dimensions of the last bite were seen to bo 14in by 12in. The deceased was only 231? years of age.”

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TERRIBLE ENCOUNTER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 93, 29 April 1880

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TERRIBLE ENCOUNTER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 93, 29 April 1880