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A swimmer has been bitten by a shark while snorkelling off the coast of Britain in what is thought to be the first attack of its kind in 175 years.

The woman sustained a leg injury during the incident last Thursday off the Cornish coast near Penzance.

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard said: ‘HM Coastguard sent Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team to meet a snorkeler who suffered a suspected shark bite.

‘The coastguard was notified just before 12.30pm on Thursday (July 28). It is believed the swimmer suffered a leg injury.

‘The coastguard team met the casualty at Penzance harbour to assist with passing them into the care of the ambulance service.’

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