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A snorkeler who had a suspected shark bite to the leg had to be saved by coastguard personnel off the coast of Penzance, Cornwall Last Thursday.

A shark is said to have bit a snorkeler off the coast of Cornwall.

Near Penzance, the swimmer needed to be saved last Thursday around noon after suffering a leg injury.

According to Cornwall Live, HM Coastguard verified that the injury was brought on by a possible shark bite.

A spokesperson said: “HM Coastguard sent Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team to meet a snorkeler who suffered a suspected shark bite.

“The coastguard was notified just before 12.30pm on Thursday (July 28). It is believed the swimmer suffered a leg injury.

“The coastguard team met the casualty at Penzance Harbour to assist with passing them into the care of the ambulance service.”

There are several kinds that visit Cornish waters each year, including blue sharks, porbeagle sharks and basking sharks.

Shark attacks are incredibly rare in Britain, however, with no unprovoked attacks said to have occurred since records began in 1847.

In 2018, 21-year-old Max Berryman was bitten on the leg by a porbeagle after hauling it on to his boat, which operates from Newlyn, Cornwall, with a fishing net.

He was rushed to hospital with deep bites “down to the muscle” and had to undergo an operation.

And in 2017, 30-year-old Rich Thomson was surfing off south Devon when he came across what he believed to be a smooth hound.

After the 3ft fish “grabbed him on the leg”, he whacked it on the head, leaving him with a bruised leg and cuts to his hands.

In 2008, fisherman Stephen Perkins had to undergo reconstructive surgery after becoming the first person to be bitten by a blue shark in the UK.

The worst shark-related fatality in British waters occurred on September 1, 1937 in the Kintyre peninsula, West Scotland.

Steamship captain Angus Brown took members of his family out for a pleasure trip on Eagle, a 15ft planked dinghy.

Basking sharks – a large toothless fish that would normally present no danger to man – could be seen all around the bay.

It’s thought the one of the creatures, which can grow up to 26ft (8m) in length – collided with the boat, capsizing it.

In the confusion Captain Brown, his 10-year-old son and another unnamed family friend all drowned.

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