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Heroic man loses his job for fighting off shark and saving lives of children

Mar 15, 2013 -- 6:41am

() A 62-year-old British man has become an Internet sensation as one of two men to wrestle a shark away from children on an Australian beach recently.

Paul Marshallsea, a grandfather, was filmed by a local news crew grabbing a six-foot-long shark by the tail at Caloundra beach near Brisbane in January, falling into the water as the beast tried to shake him off.

Marshallsea has received praise from national media, lifeguards, and readers worldwide, but says employers weren’t quite as impressed.

Apparently he was on sick leave at the time and, based on his behavior, he didn’t seem that sick.

“Whilst unfit to work you were well enough to travel to Australia and, according to recent news footage of yourself in Queensland, you allegedly grabbed a shark by the tail and narrowly missed being bitten by quickly jumping out of the way,” the Pant & Dowlais Boys & Girls Club charity told him in a letter.  “The photographs and footage appearing in newspapers and television broadcasts.”

Here’s the footage:

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