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Bondi lifeguard paddles shark to safety

A lifeguard has saved the life of a shark that washed up on Bondi Beach by picking him up and placing him on his board – before paddling him out to the open ocean to fight another day.

The video shows two lifeguards carefully rescuing a Port Jackson shark in North Bondi, Sydney, that was struggling to get back out to sea. 

The shark had already negotiated the beach’s nets and had somehow found himself almost on the shore. 

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(Pictured) A lifeguard has saved the life of a shark that washed up on Bondi Beach by picking him up and placing him on his board - before paddling him out to the open ocean to fight another day

(Pictured) A lifeguard has saved the life of a shark that washed up on Bondi Beach by picking him up and placing him on his board - before paddling him out to the open ocean to fight another day

(Pictured) A lifeguard has saved the life of a shark that washed up on Bondi Beach by picking him up and placing him on his board – before paddling him out to the open ocean to fight another day

The guard's caring act on a busy day is met with the approval of the crowds with beachgoers cheering on the lifeguard

The guard's caring act on a busy day is met with the approval of the crowds with beachgoers cheering on the lifeguard

The guard’s caring act on a busy day is met with the approval of the crowds with beachgoers cheering on the lifeguard

The guard places the shark on his board, and then paddles out to sea (pictured)

The guard places the shark on his board, and then paddles out to sea (pictured)

The guard places the shark on his board, and then paddles out to sea (pictured)

Port Jackson sharks

  • The Port Jackson Shark is a blunt-headed shark and harness-like markings which cross the eyes
  • They can grow up to 1.65m in length
  • They’re found in Southern Queensland, Tasmania and the central coast of Western Australia

With the help of a colleague, the guard picks up the shark in the shorebreak, places the shark on his board and then paddles out to sea. 

The guard’s caring act on a busy day is met with the approval of the crowds with beachgoers cheering on the lifeguard.

‘Only in Australia,’ one woman said.

‘That’s fantastic,’ another replied. 

After returning to shore, the lifeguard can’t contain his joy from saving the shark.

‘That was one of the most unreal things I’ve ever done,’ he said.

When another lifeguard asked what happened, he said, ‘He [the shark] just went down. Then I went out.’

One man picks up the shark as the lifeguard holds the board steady (pictured)

One man picks up the shark as the lifeguard holds the board steady (pictured)

One man picks up the shark as the lifeguard holds the board steady (pictured)

With the help of a colleague, the guard picks up the shark in the shorebreak (pictured)

With the help of a colleague, the guard picks up the shark in the shorebreak (pictured)

With the help of a colleague, the guard picks up the shark in the shorebreak (pictured)

The video shows two lifeguards carefully rescuing a Port Jackson shark in North Bondi

The video shows two lifeguards carefully rescuing a Port Jackson shark in North Bondi

The video shows two lifeguards carefully rescuing a Port Jackson shark in North Bondi

The lifeguard said: 'That was one of the most unreal things I've ever done'

The lifeguard said: 'That was one of the most unreal things I've ever done'

The lifeguard said: ‘That was one of the most unreal things I’ve ever done’

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