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Icelandic "Iceman" grabs shark to save men -
Reuters ^ | October 23, 2003

Posted on 10/23/2003 10:29:27 AM PDT by UnklGene

Icelandic "Iceman" grabs shark to save men -

Thu 23 October, 2003 16:37 BST

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - An Icelandic fishing captain, known as "the Iceman" for his tough character, grabbed a 300 kg (660 lb) shark with his bare hands as it swam in shallow water towards his crew, according to a witness.

The skipper of the trawler "Erik the Red" was on a beach in Kuummiit, east Greenland, watching his crew processing a catch when he saw the shark swimming towards the fish blood and guts -- and his men.

Captain Sigurdur Petursson, known to locals as "the Iceman", ran into the shallow water and grabbed the shark by its tail. He dragged it off to dry land and killed it with his knife.

"He caught it just with his hands. There was a lot of blood in the sea and the shark came in and he thought it was dangerous," Frede Kilime, a hunter and fisherman who watched from the beach, told Reuters by phone from Greenland on Thursday.

Icelandic author and journalist Reynir Traustason, who knows the trawler captain, said the act was typical of the man.

"He's called 'the Iceman' because he isn't scared of anything," he said. "I know the people in that part of the world. They are really tough."


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: fisheries; greenland; rescue; shark

1 posted on 10/23/2003 10:29:27 AM PDT by UnklGene
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To: UnklGene
I'll bet he's never eaten quiche or petit fours.
2 posted on 10/23/2003 10:32:00 AM PDT by NautiNurse
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To: mhking
ping
3 posted on 10/23/2003 10:32:08 AM PDT by Hazzardgate (RIP Paul Kersey)
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To: UnklGene
"He's called 'the Iceman' because he isn't scared of anything," he said. "I know the people in that part of the world. They are really tough."

I'll bet his wife gives him a start now and again.
4 posted on 10/23/2003 10:34:07 AM PDT by Lee Heggy (Make God laugh...tell him your plans.)
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To: UnklGene
Wow, a tough guy who acted bravely to save the lives of other men. PETA's gonna be pi**ed.
5 posted on 10/23/2003 10:35:08 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: UnklGene
"He's called 'the Iceman' because he isn't scared of anything," he said. "I know the people in that part of the world. They are really tough."

Here in the states we know him as President Bush.

6 posted on 10/23/2003 10:35:31 AM PDT by rapture-me
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To: UnklGene

7 posted on 10/23/2003 10:36:33 AM PDT by KantianBurke (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: UnklGene
I couldn't help but think how the media would have changed the perspective of this article had the fishing captain been a known Republican. They would have accused him of groping the poor fishey and then molesting a creature known to be an endangered species. Well, let's see what CNN does with this.
8 posted on 10/23/2003 10:37:03 AM PDT by Tacis
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To: NautiNurse
This guy's worth 15 metrosexuals and a half dozen chainsaws for good measure.
9 posted on 10/23/2003 10:37:58 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (SSDD - Same S#it Different Democrat)
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To: NautiNurse
I'll bet he's never eaten quiche or petit fours.

I'll bet if he did, no one would make a joke about it to his face.

10 posted on 10/23/2003 10:39:21 AM PDT by Snuffington
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To: UnklGene
The Iceman is one tough guy. He would make a good wrestling persona.
11 posted on 10/23/2003 10:40:14 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: UnklGene
I bet he'd be scared by, "Turn your head and cough, sweet cheeks."
12 posted on 10/23/2003 10:44:23 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Fighting for Freedom and Having Fun)
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To: UnklGene
When I was a kid, my gramp had a boat on Cape Cod and we'd spend the summers catching flounder and blues.

Well one day we were off the tip of Monomoy Island, and we could see this guy on another boat, close to shore, waiving us over... He had cornered a 10ft blue shark between a sandbar and his boat - but needed us to close the last gap.

After we got in place, this crazy mofo jumped in the water with a bowie knife, straddled the beast and proceeded to slash it's neck!

Completely surreal.

13 posted on 10/23/2003 10:56:03 AM PDT by StatesEnemy
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To: UnklGene
This guy is probably never without a seat, because with balls that big, who needs a Lazy-Boy?
14 posted on 10/23/2003 10:59:56 AM PDT by mattdono (Big Arnie; "Crush the democrats, drive them before you, and hear the lamentations of the scumbags.")
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To: UnklGene
You know that was the time I was most frightened? Waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a lifejacket again...


15 posted on 10/23/2003 11:04:56 AM PDT by Hatteras (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: stainlessbanner
The Iceman is one tough guy. He would make a good wrestling persona.

And a fine pilot too..


16 posted on 10/23/2003 11:08:33 AM PDT by socal_parrot (My other carp is a koi.)
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To: UnklGene
The world is full of heroes.

We just don't hear about them much, because they don't brag about it...and present media management would rather we only hear whining and worrying...so they can hold our crying towel, and spend our money.

To hell with that noise.
17 posted on 10/23/2003 11:09:12 AM PDT by PoorMuttly (Muttly Axiom #2..."What cannot be eaten or sprayed, must be chased away.")
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To: UnklGene
Sounds like a long lost cousin of Crocodile Dundee, when will the movie & car ads come out?
18 posted on 10/23/2003 11:09:50 AM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: KantianBurke
Is that from the MR. SLAVE episode?
19 posted on 10/23/2003 11:12:31 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: RANGERAIRBORNE
Then again, GT has nothing on brass...
21 posted on 10/23/2003 11:17:45 AM PDT by patton (I wish we could all look at the evil of abortion with the pure, honest heart of a child.)
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To: patton
Yeah, I think The Iceman could probably make it through Ranger School!
22 posted on 10/23/2003 11:29:17 AM PDT by RANGERAIRBORNE ("Si vis pacem, para bellum"- still good advice after 2000 years.)
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To: RANGERAIRBORNE
Rangers, in the night
exchanging azimuths
wondering, who is right...
23 posted on 10/23/2003 11:34:18 AM PDT by patton (I wish we could all look at the evil of abortion with the pure, honest heart of a child.)
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To: RANGERAIRBORNE
Personal courage, physical toughness and a strong sense of what is right is what being a man used to be.

It's unfortunate that has become so rare as to be newsworthy.

Next time someone is about to be eaten by a 600 pound shark, have the liberals call in a metrosexual. He can put skin cream on while (s)he watches the slaughter, then head off to crisis counseling.
24 posted on 10/23/2003 11:36:52 AM PDT by JBBooks
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To: OXENinFLA
Is that from the MR. SLAVE episode?

Looks like they were just told to show up for "Earth Day".

25 posted on 10/23/2003 11:37:22 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: rolling_stone
A real life shark wrangler, pretty cool.


26 posted on 10/23/2003 11:39:49 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: UnklGene
I caught a shark once, but had to let it go. picture here
27 posted on 10/23/2003 11:51:18 AM PDT by G.Mason (Lessons of life need not be fatal)
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To: UnklGene
as "the Iceman", ran into the shallow water and grabbed the shark by its tail. He dragged it off to dry land and killed it with his knife.

Just so we're clear on the concept: This guy dragged a 660 lb shark -- which was probably thrashing madly the whole time -- out of the water and on to dry land before he killed it.

He's not only brave, he's stronger'n hell!!!!

28 posted on 10/23/2003 11:56:24 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: UnklGene
grilled shark steaks, yummm.
29 posted on 10/23/2003 11:56:32 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn
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To: UnklGene
An Icelandic fishing captain, known as "the Iceman" for his tough character, grabbed a 300 kg (660 lb) shark with his bare hands as it swam in shallow water towards his crew, according to a witness.

Sounds like a Greenalnd shark, which can grow over 20' long, and weigh 1,200 pounds.


30 posted on 10/23/2003 12:02:54 PM PDT by Sabertooth (No Drivers' Licences for Illegal Aliens. Petition SB60. http://www.saveourlicense.com/n_home.htm)
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To: Lee Heggy
"I'll bet his wife gives him a start now and again."

LOL! The wife can ALWAYS scare a guy - they have an internal knack for knowing just which buttons to push!
31 posted on 10/23/2003 12:03:09 PM PDT by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: Sabertooth
Sounds like a likely candidate. About the only other shark of that size I can think of that would be in water that cold is the Porbeagle, and that would be a much harder on to catch by hand.


32 posted on 10/23/2003 12:20:10 PM PDT by StriperSniper (All this, of course, is simply pious fudge. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: StriperSniper
My first thought was a Bull Shark, but you're probably right.
I hadn't figured in the cold.

Too bad they didn't mention the species.

33 posted on 10/27/2003 11:21:46 AM PST by MassExodus (10,000 bucks for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail ... the whole damned thing)
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To: NautiNurse
And I'm quite certain that the vehicle he drives is powered by a V8.
34 posted on 10/27/2003 11:39:23 AM PST by Space Wrangler
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
You sure he wasn't a Klingon?

Just damn.

If you want on the new list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

35 posted on 11/01/2003 8:17:00 PM PST by mhking
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To: UnklGene
Just damn is right, if this were my captain, I know where my loyalty would be. I'd be pretty much willing to follow him into hell.

The man deserves respect, not because he killed the shark, but why he killed the shark.
36 posted on 11/01/2003 8:38:05 PM PST by Ogmios (Since when is 66 senate votes for judicial confirmations constitutional?)
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To: Hatteras
I am currently reading "In Harm's Way" about the Indy tragedy. A very chilling story.
37 posted on 11/01/2003 8:48:25 PM PST by Straight Vermonter (We secretly switched ABC news with Al-Jazeera, lets see if these people can tell the difference.)
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To: UnklGene
Sharks also have a horrible rough skin that makes it very hard to grab without sacrificing some of your own skin.
38 posted on 11/02/2003 10:21:57 AM PST by baseballfanjm
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