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Old 10-26-2020, 10:07 PM   #1
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Rick Bettua mauled by Shark in Northern Queensland

Let us hope for the best as he faces surgery, it is a serious situation of the worst kind.
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Old 10-26-2020, 11:05 PM   #2
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Let us hope for the best as he faces surgery, it is a serious situation of the worst kind.
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/bre...74b34bb0b0c973
I heard this shocking news yesterday. I sincerely hope that Rick has a positive outcome from this incident.
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Old 10-26-2020, 11:52 PM   #3
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Re: Rick Bettua mauled by Shark in Northern Queensland

Prompt response when seconds were crucial as related here.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-...escue/12812558
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-...ville/12811430
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Old 10-27-2020, 01:46 AM   #4
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Re: Rick Bettua mauled by Shark in Northern Queensland

I hadn't read those accounts. Rick is an incredibly Tough and Experienced person and undoubtedly this plays in his favor. Many people would not have survived the 30 miles trip in. His Dive partner saved his life immediately after the attack. It's terrible and we all send our best to Rick and Angela Bettua. I haven't heard an update. I just have in my mind that Rick is Tough as Nails, and if anyone is going to make it through this it is him.
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Old 10-27-2020, 06:57 PM   #5
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wishing him the best!
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Old 10-27-2020, 07:48 PM   #6
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Rick and his wife Angela met each other on this board. They used to be prominent members. Best wishes to both.
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Sending Prayers!! Stay Strong Rick and Angela!!
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Thanks for the info Pete. Sure hope he pulls through and recovers well.
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How's he doing? Are there any news?
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Old 11-13-2020, 01:56 PM   #11
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Re: Rick Bettua mauled by Shark in Northern Queensland

Sheesh, I only caught this now. I'm trying to find out through my contacts how he's doing.
I wish him and Angela the best.

I remember talking to him back when his buddy lost his leg to a bull 3 years back. He mentioned the bulls being so unpredictable compared to other sharks. I haven't run into them here in Hawaii, but I do try and carry as much safety gear as possible, including a tourniquet.

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Friend said he's doing well and should keep his leg. The grafts and wounds are causing a lot of pain at the moment. The shark rushed him out of nowhere.

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Rick and his wife Angela met each other on this board. They used to be prominent members. Best wishes to both.
True. Angela was a moderator. I wish Rick a speedy recovery. Tony
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would be nice to have an update on his conditions.
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