A man made international headlines after he used his bare hands to save a child from a shark. Gawker reported that the man used his hands to literally drag a shark away from a child who was in the water off of Australia's Sunshine Coast. Now Gawker revealed that he has been fired from his job at a children's charity.
Paul Marshallsea, 62, was a project coordinator for the Pant and Dowlias Boys and Girls Club. His doctor advised him to go on a vacation because he said he felt like he was on the verge of a nervous breakdown, reports Gawker. That's when he and his wife decided to take a few months of sick leave and travel to Australia.
Reportedly, the charity he works for got angry that Marshallsea who is Welsh, left the country for his sick leave and he was subsequently fired.
"Whilst unfit to work you were well enough to travel to Australia," Marshallsea's dismall letter said, "and, according to recent news footage of yourself in Queensland, you allegedly grabbed a shark by the tail and narrowly missed being bitten by quickly jumping out of the way."
The letter added that there was a "breakdown of the trustees' confidence and trust in you and your ability to perform the role."
Marshallsea's wife worked for the same charity as well and was also fired. The Independent reported that he said he is "disgusted" by the way he has been treated. "If I hadn't gone in to save the kids on that beach that day, my wife and I would still have a job," he said to the WalesOnline website. "Where do I now get a job? There's not much call for shark wrestlers in Merthyr Tydfil."
"You think being in charge and running a children's charity, they would have patted me on the back and congratulated me," Mashallsea said according to Gawker. "But to sack us both without any sort of discussions first is just disgusting."
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