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The following description of a plucky encounter with a shark is given by the Auckland Herald. The incident was mentioned in our telegraphic news at the time : —About 6.30 a.m. on Tuesday morning last (May 4), a son of Captain R. Stevens, aged 14, was bathing opposite Fraser and Tinue’s, about 100 yards out from the beach, when Joyner came along with the intention of bathing, but afterwards changed his mind. While standing on the beach his attention was attracted to the lad through his cries, and then he saw a shark about a yard behind the boy, making attempts to seize him, while the terrified lad was splashing to drive it away. Seeing the boy’s dangexq Joyner at once stripped, got a sailor’s clasp-knife from a bystander, and leaping into the sea, swam to the youth’s assistance. On swimming up to the spot he told young Stevens to strike out for the shore without fear, as he would settle the little difficulty with the shark himself. The shark was equally agx-eeable to the new ai’rangement, and dived under Joyner with the purpose of attacking him, only to x’eceive a stab in the belly, as he passed under, for his trouble. In the second attempt the shark got the “ cold steel ” behind the shoulder. Altering his tactics, the shark made a flank movement, with the purpose of seizing Joyner in the ribs or abdomen, but throwing out his arms round the forequarters he jobbed the shark in the eye with the knife, sending it home to tlxe hilt. The shark sheered off, carxying the knife away with him as a souvenir of the little difficulty. Joyner swam asjxoi’e, and was subsequently thanked and rewarded by the grateful. father of the lad. The Royal Humane Society’s medal might very fitly be awarded in such a case, as there is little doubt that young Stevens owes his life to Joyner’s gallaxxtry and courage. There are scores of xxxen who would leap ixxto tlxe sea to rescue any one from drowning who would think twice before venturing in to deliberately encounter a shark.

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RARE PLUCK., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 101, 18 May 1880

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RARE PLUCK. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 101, 18 May 1880