News

Shark attack victim: 'Water just exploded around me'

Noosa paramedic Dan Moore lies on the beach at Balian in Bali after being attacked by a shark.
Noosa paramedic Dan Moore lies on the beach at Balian in Bali after being attacked by a shark.

HAVING a shark nearly rip his hand off, then undergoing surgery to re-attach five tendons, is not going stop Noosa paramedic Dan Moore from finishing a family holiday to Bali.

The former Spit, Mooloolaba, lifeguard on Monday was forced to fight off a 4-6 foot shark that ripped into his right hand.

Dan was attacked while taking a short break, lying on his board, hand in the water, on his way to an outside main peak a long way from shore at Balian on Bali's south-west coast.

"The water just exploded around me," he said.

"At first I didn't realise what happened. It was just instinct to smack it."

Dan punched furiously at the shark with his left hand until it released him.

"I thought at first it took my fingers," he said. "My whole hand just collapsed. I was a fair way out and couldn't paddle.

"Maxy (Dan's 15-year-old son) caught a wave and paddled straight over and started to push me in."

Gary Emanuel, Sunshine Beach builder and family friend, also arrived on the scene to help him to shore.

 

Dan Moore (centre front) with wife Kristina and son Max and at back Gary Emanuel, Hayley Moore and Olivia Emanuel all smiles after his release from hospital.
Dan Moore (centre front) with wife Kristina and son Max and at back Gary Emanuel, Hayley Moore and Olivia Emanuel all smiles after his release from hospital.

"The pain was excruciating," Dan said. "My hand was contorted. I thought it had broken my wrist.

"We had just rocked up with my family and a mate and were heading out for the main peak which was just coming on.

"My wife and daughter were by the pool .... 15 minutes later you would not credit it.

"It was a spin out for my daughter (Hayley)."

On the beach the luck that allowed him to survive the attack held and he was soon in the care of a nurse who utilised Dan's own well-stocked first aid kit and other supplies.

"She did an awesome job," he said. "She dressed the wound and splinted the hand and even got antibiotics."

With the hand splinted the pain faded.

"We got plenty of good advice straight away," Dan said.

The first piece was to call an ambulance that was able to negotiate the heavy traffic on the busy major arterial road which carries traffic flowing from Java to the west into Kuta and Denpasar.

The second was for Dan's wife Kristina to ring their insurance company during the hour and a half trip.

It meant they were taken straight into the BIMC Kuta private hospital on arrival.

Again there his luck held.

A micro-surgeon just back from 12 months further training in Sydney was available and able to undertake the necessary surgery to re-attach the tendons.

"I can't complain about the service," Dan said.

 

Hayley and Max Moore with their father Dan in BIMC Hospital in Kuta after surgery to re-attached five severed tendons.
Hayley and Max Moore with their father Dan in BIMC Hospital in Kuta after surgery to re-attached five severed tendons.

"I felt comfortable with the surgeon who had trained in Sydney. The biggest threat was infection from the water and he said there were all sorts of nasties in the shark's bite.

"The care I've got from the hospital, nursing staff and doctors has been awesome. I'm lucky to still have my hand. I'm thankful for that."

Out of hospital Dan has returned to the family's accommodation in Seminyak and has already spoken with former Brisbane Bronco strength and conditioning coach Dan Baker who has a villa on the island.

He sees the surgeon, who has honed his skills repairing the damaged limbs of holiday makers after motor scooter accidents, today and to get the okay to fly.

But the family is going nowhere just yet, not due to return home until next Thursday.

"I'm just going to hang out," Dan said. "I can't complain about the service.

"It won't stop me coming back to Bali."

Dan said media reports he would never return to the island were inaccurate but not as much so as various Indonesian press which had condemned him to death in one case and the loss of all his toes in another.

Topics:  bali balian dan moore editors picks paramedic rescue shark attack surgery



Wanted man who frequented northern beaches arrested

ARREST MADE: A man wanted on warrants, who frequented Coffs northern beaches, was arrested in Hornsby.

Man wanted on warrants who frequented the Coffs beaches arrested

'Honk to stop Adani': Protesters gather on hwy

Protesters stopped traffic today in the Coffs City Centre.

Community support for anti coal mine protest undeniable.

VIDEO: The strength of the human spirit

Shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder shares his powerful story with The Coffs Coast Advocate's Harbour Club at C.ex Coffs.

A powerful story of personal motivation and inspiration

Local Partners

Five ways to raise money-smart kids

TEACHING your kids to be smart with money might be one of the best investments you ever make.


What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Petula Clark delighted to sing live for Australian fans

STILL TOURING: English singer Petula Clark is coming to Queensland.

English star Petula Clark still puts on a great show, even at 84.

Do you really know your road rules?

Cars travel around the roundabout at Villiers and Fitzroy Street. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

List of the top 10 most misunderstood road rules in NSW.

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

TWENTY-TWO people have been killed and at least 59 people have been injured following a terror attack in Manchester

Casual Keanu says fame is ‘cool’

Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.

NOBODY expected much of John Wick when it was released in 2014.

Ariana Grande breaks her silence after fatal blast

According to reports quoting witnesses, a mass emergency evacuation was prompted after explosions were heard at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert in the arena.

The entertainment industry is in shock after attack on concert

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

Seven Year Switch: The boner to end all boners

Johnny’s outraged over claims he has a cracked boner.

She gulps. Her face says it all.

Bay to star in Hollywood shark thriller ‘Cage Dive’

Cage Dive, written and directed by Gerald Rascionato, is now screening in the United States of America. It had scenes filmed in Hervey Bay.

And our visiting humpback whales also make appearance.

Celebrity sex tapes: Where does all that money go?

Basically, did Paris and Kim earn fortunes from their videos?

UPDATE: Details revealed on rural land rezoning

REZONING: Large areas of Bonville have been rezoned for residential

Land rezoning will turn farmland into residential living

Bonville to become new housing hub

REZONING: Large areas of Bonville have been rezoned for residential

Land rezoning will turn farmland into housing

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!