The Courier-Mail

Communicat­ion problem

Thai getaway takes shock twist after ‘shark’ bite


A FRESH row has erupted over Ipswich’s beleaguere­d police communicat­ions centre with Mayor Paul Pisasale claiming he’s been snubbed in sensitive discussion­s over its future.

Cr Pisasale, who has been involved in a battle with Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller over the planned closure of the Yamanto centre, said he’d had “zero involvemen­t’’ in the talks. “Since this dispute start- ed (nearly two months ago), I have not had any discussion­s with either the Police Minister, who is the local state member, or the Police Commission­er (Ian Stewart).”

But Mr Stewart said the consultati­on process was “going very well”.

“We’ve consulted under the terms of industrial relations commission requiremen­ts,” Mr Stewart said. NEIL DOORLEY A 37-YEAR-OLD Brisbane woman is recovering in a hospital on the Thai resort island of Phuket after being bitten by what she believes was a shark in shallow waters.

Jane Neame, who is six months pregnant, had to be rescued by her partner, Robert Passmore (both pictured left), as she screamed for help after the attack.

“I’m pregnant, so I didn’t w want to get too anxious. I wanted to stay calm,” Ms Neame told local newspaper Phuket Gazette.

Ms Neame was in waistdeep water amid breaking waves on Tuesday when she was bitten on her left foot. The bite severed a tendon.

“I may have stood on it and then it bit me,” she said. “It’s hard to say because it bit underneath my foot and on top. I felt it tear at me. It felt like a shark.”

Experts from the Phuket Marine Biological Center told the Gazette Ms Neame’s wound was consistent with a shark bite. Deep sea divers in Phuket say it is rare to see sharks near the resort island.

A spokesman for the Bangkok Hospital Phuket said Ms Neame had undergone successful surgery, but it was still too early to say if she will have full use again of the affected toes on her left foot.

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