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Lucky surfer survives Jaws-drop­ping or­deal

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

Six­teen-year-old solo surfer Max Keli­ikipi had a lucky es­cape when he sur­vived a shark en­counter.

He had gone to catch some late-night waves off Makaha Beach on the Hawaiian is­land of Oahu when the shark bit a huge chunk out of his surf­board.

After swim­ming back to shore as fast as he could, Max said: ”It was lit­er­ally an inch from my feet.

“Next time I’m just go­ing to go in dur­ing the day­time and with my friends.

“I’m not surf­ing alone any more.”

Lots of luck get­ting a new board­ing pass from your par­ents, Max.

A Mex­i­can start-up com­pany has in­vented an ar­ti­fi­cial tree that sucks up as much pol­lu­tion as 368 real trees. The Biour­ban is a tow­er­ing me­tal struc­ture that uses mi­croal­gae to clean car­bon diox­ide and other con­tam­i­nants, and turn them into pure oxy­gen. Just what’s needed to deal with the planet’s pol­lu­tion prob­lems, touch wood...

Grand­fa­ther Sam Pratt, from Florida, took his fam­ily – all 33 of them, aged two to 72 – to Hawaii to cel­e­brate be­ing in re­mis­sion from blood cancer. The savvy se­nior got the flights for free by us­ing more than a mil­lion air miles he’d racked up over his life­time. Best treat-ment ever.

A man named only as Rakesh was about to slip on his train­ers when he found a baby snake in one of them. He called the snake helpline and han­dler Sub­hendu Mal­lik ar­rived at his home in Bhubaneswa­r, east­ern In­dia. Mr Mal­lik said: “The snake was only a baby, but had enough neu­ro­toxic venom to kill an adult.” Lucky Rakesh – he nearly had one foot in the grave.

A sui­ci­dal man changed his mind about jumping to his death from his sev­enth floor apart­ment after his neigh­bour urged him to sing a love song with him. When it got to the part about go­ing to see a lover, he climbed back into his home in Foshan, South China, and was last seen rush­ing out clutch­ing a bunch of roses. Mu­sic to our ears.

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