The hair-raising moment a fisherman has to be rescued by a helicopter after being bitten by a shark has been captured on film.
The man in his early twenties was bitten on the leg by a porbeagle after it got caught in a net and was hauled onto the boat. The helicopter flew from Newquay in north Cornwall to the 23-metre vessel on Sunday morning and Julian "Bungi" Williams, a paramedic, was lowered on to the boat to attend to Berryman before the fisherman was winched up to the helicopter.
The coastguard praised the actions of a fishing crew, who sterilized and dressed the wound before calling for medical assistance.
He was bitten after the porbeagle shark after it was accidentally brought onto the boat from the trawler's nets.
Alex Grieg, Senior Maritime Operations Officer for HM Coastguard said: "Thanks to the efforts of the crew onboard and their swift actions in treating the wounds and contacting us, we were able to arrange the evacuation of the crew member promptly and get him to hospital".
He said: 'The crew had done a really good job of dressing the wounds before we arrived, which meant that we were able to save time getting the casualty to Treliske hospital.
Max was flown to the Royal Cornwall Hospital where it is understood he has undergone surgery and will remain for a few days before being released home.
The photographer was Tony Fitzsimmons, who spent a week with the crew. They are not fishing for this, it is mainly for hake around here, but it is just one of those things that happens. The shark bit him on the leg and caused severe injuries, The Telegraph reported.
The coastguard said the fisherman was still in hospital on Monday and it wished him a speedy recovery.
'In all the four months I have been at sea on various vessels I have only come across this porbeagle shark and a blue shark.
'This particular crew were a great team, Max was the youngest but they were all a fantastic bunch and knew what they were doing.