Great white shark jumps into NSW fisherman’s boat

Rescuers who rushed to help a NSW fisherman after a shark jumped into his boat say the 2.


7-metre great white was “thrashing around and destroying everything in sight” when they arrived at the scene.

Fisherman Terry Selwood, 73, was fishing off Evans Head on the NSW north coast on Saturday when the 200-kilogram shark suddenly leapt aboard his 4.5-metre boat.

“He came right over the top of the motor and then dropped onto the floor,” Mr Selwood told ABC television on Monday.

“I looked over and I thought ‘oh, a bloody shark! Well I’ll be buggered!'”

Mr Selwood was knocked over and left sprawling on the floor of the boat. His arm was deeply lacerated.

Rescuers rushed to help a NSW fisherman after a great white shark jumped into his boat. (AAP)Genevieve Francis

“There I was on all fours and he’s looking at me and I’m looking at him and then he started to do the dance around and shake and I couldn’t get out quick enough onto the gunwale,” Mr Selwood said.

“I was losing a fair amount of blood, I was stunned, I couldn’t register what happened and then I thought ‘oh my God I’ve got to get out of here’.”

Evans Head Marine Rescue skipper Bill Bates and his crew responded to his radio call.

“It was a bit of an adrenaline rush, we had to get there at top speed because we didn’t know the extent of his injuries,” Mr Bates told AAP.

“He was standing on the gunwale, covered in blood. We got alongside, got him on board and began treating him for trauma and shock.”

Mr Bates said the shark occupied the whole boat.

“It was thrashing around, destroying everything in sight,” he said.

The rescue squad left the anchored boat and shark to take Mr Selwood back to shore and hand him over to paramedics before returning to retrieve the boat and shark.

Among a crowd of onlookers at the harbour, Genevieve Francis saw the boat come back in.

“It was the tiniest little boat, with blood all over it,” Ms Francis told AAP.

“I looked inside and, holy crap, I was stunned. I didn’t know if (the shark) was still alive.

“It still had Terry’s seat in its mouth. It was just massive. It stunk as well.”

The shark was so big it had to removed from the boat with a forklift the following day.

Mr Selwood said there was no way his 30-pound hand line could have pulled the animal into his boat.

After fishing for close to 60 years he’s stumped for a reason why the shark would breach.

“I didn’t have a burly out, which does attract sharks,” he told the ABC.

“I was using two little bits of blue pilchard to fish for snapper on the bottom of the ocean, but that line was straight under the boat, not out the back where he came from.”

Mr Selwood was discharged from hospital on the weekend.

The Department of Primary Industries confirmed the shark was a great white and took the specimen for an autopsy to confirm its age and gender.

Vladimir Putin is a greater threat than IS, says John McCain

In an interview with ABC’s 7.


30 during a visit to Australia, US Republican Senator John McCain said he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin was a greater threat than IS and more sanctions should be imposed upon the Kremlin.

“He is the premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS,” the former US presidential candidate and former prisoner of war said.

“ISIS can do terrible things, and I worry a lot about what is happening to the Muslim faith… but it is the Russians who are trying, who tried to destroy the very fundamental of democracy and that is to change the outcome of an American election.


“We need to have increased sanctions and hopefully when we come back from our recess the Senate will move forward with sanctions on Russia and enact other penalties for Russian behaviour.”  

Mr McCain criticised US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, a top White House advisor, over reports he sought a secret communications channel with Russia, describing the situation as “more and more and more bizarre”.

“In fact, you can’t make it up,” he said

“I don’t like it… I know some administration officials are saying it is standard procedure.

“I don’t think it is standard procedure prior to the inauguration of a president of the United States by someone who is not in an appointed position.”

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On North Korea’s missiles

Mr McCain said China was “key” to diffusing the nuclear threat North Korea poses. Earlier on Monday, North Korea fired another ballistic missile, which landed in Japan’s economic zone.

He said he didn’t think it was “acceptable” to aim a missile at Australia with a nuclear weapon on it “and depend on our ability to counter it with an anti-missile capability”.

But he said China could “restrain North Korean behaviour”.

“Because the Chinese control basically the North Korean economy.

“This is an impending crisis and it requires all of us working together to diffuse this crisis and make sure… that North Korea is never in a position where they can threaten the United States of America or Australia or any of our allies with a nuclear weapon.”

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Key Crow wants to embrace AFL hype

Adelaide forward Josh Jenkins has implored his teammates to “live in the real world” and embrace the hype of Friday night’s AFL blockbuster against Geelong.


Jenkins says the fixture between his ladder-leading Crows and the third-placed Cats should be hyped to the hilt.

“Just live in the real world – it’s going to be a big game so lets embrace it, there’s no point shying away from the fact,” Jenkins told reporters on Monday.

“There’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s exciting. You would rather be playing first v third on Friday night than 17th v 18th on Sunday night.”

Jenkins conceded his attitude differed from most AFL players who try to publicly downplay the magnitude of important games.

“I hope we build this game up a fair bit. I’m really keen to get down there and get stuck into those guys,” he said of the trip to Geelong, where the Crows haven’t won since 2003.

“They play that ground extremely well and we have had indifferent form down there – it’s time for us to go down there and play a really good game and show that we’re a real contender.

“We have obviously shown our best football is as good as anyones.

“But to go down on someone else’s home ground, another contender, and win, would be a great statement.

“Athletes, competitors, enjoy when games are built up and games are huge.”

Jenkins even went as far as hoping key Crow midfielder Rory Sloane was pitted against his great mate, ex-Adelaide and current Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield.

“We all would love that,” Jenkins said.

“Those two boys would love nothing more than to butt heads for four quarters.”

Lindt siege families want more from police

As Tori Johnson knelt crying in front of an armed Man Haron Monis, he “deserved to have hope” that someone would save him, his mother says.


Monis had just fired a shot after several of his hostages fled Sydney’s Lindt Cafe, and police saw that Mr Johnson had been placed on his knees.

“He was alive and he deserved, he deserved to have hope that … someone was gonna come in and save him,” his mother Rosie Connellan told ABC’s TV’s Four Corners program on Monday.

“I just can’t imagine how he felt in that time and I wish I’d been there with him.”

The 34-year-old had been shot dead by the time police entered the cafe in the early hours of December 16, 2014, and 38-year-old barrister Katrina Dawson was fatally wounded by police bullet fragments.

NSW Coroner Michael Barnes last week handed down his findings into the siege by Monis, who was also killed at the end of the 17-hour ordeal, concluding that police acted too late.

Mr Johnson and Ms Dawson’s families have mostly supported the coroner’s findings but are still angry some in police leadership refused to concede mistakes during the inquest.

The families have previously criticised the siege response in submissions to the inquiry, with Ms Dawson’s family saying police confidence in the contain and negotiate strategy was misplaced, and they relied too heavily on a psychiatrist who “grossly underestimated” Monis’ capacity for violence.

On Four Corners, Mr Johnson’s partner Thomas Zinn said he questioned whether two senior commanders in charge at the end of the siege should remain in their current roles.

Both families welcomed NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller’s admission that he thought police should have launched a pre-emptive rescue earlier in the day.

Ms Connellan said Mr Fuller’s statement gave her hope.

“It’s amazing isn’t it? That just that little acknowledgement from Fuller that they should have gone in, to me has been probably the most hopeful,” she said.

However, an earlier Commonwealth submission to the inquest said that sometimes not even the death of a hostage would prompt action by police.

“If, for example, the circumstances indicate both that a second death is not imminent (there may be credible information that hostages are to be killed once an hour) and that an emergency action would be highly likely to cause multiple deaths (there may be credible information that a bomb is present and will be used) then it may be better to pursue other strategies,” the Commonwealth submission said.

In other circumstances an emergency action might be warranted by something less than death or serious injury, the submission said.

MI5 reviewing intel on Manchester bomber

Britain’s MI5 has begun an internal review of how it handled intelligence on Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who was reportedly known to authorities but not under active investigation.


Interior minister Amber Rudd said on Monday the review was the “right first step” for the intelligence agency to take in the wake of the May 22 bombing that killed 22 people at a pop concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

MI5 is subject to scrutiny by a committee of parliament and it is highly unusual for British authorities to make public that the security service is conducting its own investigation into possible lapses.

“The review will look at what was known about Abedi, what decisions were made about the intelligence and what, if anything, could have been done differently,” according to a source speaking on condition of anonymity with Reuters news agency.

“This is a review that would seek to answer whether there are lessons to be learned from how the Security Service handled the intelligence on Abedi.”

The source said Abedi was not among the 3000 people under active investigation by MI5, although he was one of about 20,000 known to the agency, whose focus is on countering terrorism and espionage.

The BBC said MI5 was alerted at least three times to the ‘extremist views’ of Abedi, a 22-year-old who grew up in Manchester in a family of immigrants from Libya. It was not possible to confirm that report.

“This is an ongoing investigation so I’m not going to be drawn into comments on the actual man who committed this crime,” Rudd told BBC television, declining to say what was known about Abedi and when.

Last week’s attack, the deadliest in Britain since 2005, was claimed by Islamic State. It drew particular revulsion because of the targeting of children – the youngest victim was just eight and nine of the others were teenagers.

Earlier on Monday, police made a 16th arrest as part of the case.

Britons head to the polls on June 8 to elect a new government, with security and police cuts having risen to the top of the political agenda since the bombing last Monday.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives have seen their poll lead cut in the wake of the attack and after a U-turn over their social care plans for the elderly.

Surveys suggest May – who as a former interior minister oversaw the police and domestic intelligence agency – might not win the landslide predicted just a month ago.

It was not clear whether the authorities became aware of Abedi during May’s tenure as interior minister between 2010 and 2016.