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  • 12 March 2013, 13:46

Grandfather sacked for wrestling shark

Paul Marshallsea

A British grandfather who wrestled a shark on an Australian beach has been sacked after returning home - because he was on sick leave.

Paul Marshallsea, 62, was hailed a hero after a film of him grabbing the shark's tail as it swam towards children was broadcast around the world.

He and his wife Wendy, who work for the same children's charity in Merthyr Tydfil, were on sick leave for work-related stress when they took the two month holiday in Australia.

After seeing January's footage, trustees of the Pant and Dowlais Boys and Girls Club decided that the couple had been dishonest and sacked them.

The dismissal letter said: "Whilst unfit to work you were well enough to travel to Australia and... you allegedly grabbed a shark by the tail and narrowly missed being bitten by quickly jumping out of the way."

"What am I going to do now? There's not much call for shark-wrestlers in Merthyr Tydfil," Mr Marshallsea complained.

"If I hadn't gone in to save the kids on that beach that day my wife and I would still have a job.

"You think being in charge and running a children's charity, they would have patted me on the back and congratulated me."