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Heroes of shark attack.

A BRITISH shark attack victim whose leg was bitten off was saved by quick-thinking bystanders who applied a makeshift tourniquet, a surgeon said.

Michael Cohen, 42, was mauled by the great white while swimming at Fish Hoek beach in Cape Town, South Africa.

He emerged from the water bleeding profusely from his right thigh and left ankle which was also bitten through.

Surgeon professor Andrew Nichol said Mr Cohen was critical but stable in hospital after receiving more than seven litres of blood.

He paid tribute to those who saved Mr Cohen's life, saying: "That tourniquet has consisted of a wetsuit applied around the thigh and wrapped around with two belts very, very tightly.

Mr Cohen is believed to be a part-time accountant living in the Cape Town.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 30, 2011
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