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Sick shark wrestler sacked

BY Richard Woods
Employment law
BG Purple

A Welsh charity worker bit off more than he could chew when he wrestled a shark swimming towards children while on holiday in Australia.

Paul Marshallsea spotted the 6 ft dusky whaler shark lurking in the shallows of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and heroically dived in to pull the shark away from nearby children and further out to sea, almost getting his leg bitten off in the process.

Mr Marshallsea received international praise for his bravery, but his heroism unwittingly brought him to the attention of his employer, the Pant and Dowlais Boys & Girls Club. Mr Marshallsea and his wife, who also works for the charity, were on a period of long term sick leave due to stress when Mr Marshallsea’s daring actions were captured by the world’s media. The charity, thinking that he was at home on sick leave, has since dismissed Mr Marshallsea due to a breakdown in trust and confidence.

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