Welsh grandfather wins compensation for sacking after being filmed wrestling a shark

A Merthyr man who fought a shark on an Australian beach has won compensation for being sacked when he returned home.

Paul Marshallsea, 62, was filmed wading into the shallows to grab the 6ft dusky whaler shark by the tail.

Paul Marshallsea (centre, blue shorts) helped wrestle a shark away from a busy Queensland beach Credit: Channel 9 Australia

Watch the video: Welsh grandfather helps pull shark away from children

Managers at the Pant and Dowlais Boys and Girls Club in Merthyr Tydfil, where Mr Marshallsea worked, fired him on his return because he was meant to be on sick leave from his job.

He had a letter waiting for him at home, in which bosses said they had a "breakdown" of confidence in him after seeing his actions on television.

Paul Marshallsea had been featured on ITV before for his work with young people in Merthyr

An employment tribunal in Cardiff heard both parties worked out an agreement, with Mr Marshallsea agreeing to an out-of-court confidential settlement.

Both parties now have two weeks to agree the terms of the financial compensation.

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The shark could be clearly seen patrolling the beach Credit: Channel 9 News