Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hero of the Day

Next time someone tells you some actor or athlete or (shudder) politician is his hero, tell him about this:
A swimmer saved a young woman who was attacked by a shark, off the coast of western Australia, by grabbing it by the tail, rescuers have said...

...The shark attacked on Saturday as Ms Frankcom led a group of tourists on a swim with dolphins from a boat sailing off Garden Island, about 50km (30 miles) from Perth.
The 3m-long shark, which has not been definitively identified but is believed to be a Great White, came up from the bottom of the water and bit her.
Mr Pisani said: "As the shark bit her, it brushed aside a fairly large male who grabbed hold of the tail of the shark, which then made it let go.
"The girl then started to sink to the bottom and he grabbed her and brought her to the surface and got her back on board the boat."...
...The man, who was taking part in the swim, refused to speak to journalists when the tour boat returned to dock, other than to say: "No comment, thank you. It's cool. All I want is the girl to be OK."
The guy is willing to tangle with a ten-foot long shark, but doesn't want his name publicized. Wonder if he thinks he might get hit with a government lawsuit for intentionally causing distress to the native wildlife.


  1. I, too, have become increasingly annoyed (well, OK, pissed off) at the dilution, even the demeaning, of the term "hero". There should be some serious amount of above-and-beyond, whether in a deed such as this or a lifetime of helping others without getting or expecting a reward to aspire to that title. The term will soon have no real meaning due to misuse and overuse. To pluck an example of this process from pejoratives, rather than accolades, think of the term "racist".

  2. I'm delighted to see "racist" served up any time someone tries to reasonably disagree with a so-called progressive, as each time that happens, the word's meaning gets a little further diluted and debased. In time, it will literally mean nothing more than, "I disagree - want to get a beer?"