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Woman flown to Oxfordshire for treatment after shark attack

It's understood that Frankie was bitten on the leg Credit: Facebook

Reports are coming in that a woman has been flown to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire after being attacked by a shark in the South Atlantic. The woman, who works for the government of St Helena, was attacked while swimming off Ascension Island.

It's reported that her husband punched the shark to scare it. The woman, named locally as Frankie Gonsalves, had been snorkelling in English Bay. She was taken to hospital before being flown to the UK for further treatment.

Saint Helena and Ascension are remote islands between South America and Africa.

RMS St Helena, which serves the island, is currently being repaired in South Africa. The recently opened airport is not currently being used for scheduled air services.

Recently ITV Meridian carried a series of reports from St Helena. A substantial number of ex "Saints' live in the South and South East of England.

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