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  • Not a shark in sight at Black Head's Head2Head swim
  • January 27, 2016

DAVE Quinlivan felt no fear as he hovered in the Robinson 44 helicopter directly above the spot where a shark knocked him off his surf ski and bit his foot in September last year.

The helicopter, along with two Marine Rescue NSW vessels, were at the recent Head2Head ocean swim at Black Head to provide safety for swimmers and help promote the beach after Mr Quinlivan’s attack.

As he watched swimmers in the 1500m swim around the location he was attacked, marked by the 1.5km can, he realised how unlucky it was to become the victim of a shark attack.

“The conditions were so docile up there, you couldn’t imagine someone could get attacked,” Mr Quinlivan said.

From the helicopter he could see how clear the water was and admire the beautiful day, and not a shark in sight.

“I don’t think any self respecting shark would have come anywhere near us,” he joked

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