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Jawsome! Scuba-divers rescue stricken shark

Away you go: The trapped catshark is set free after it became trapped on a hook

A SCUBA-DIVING gran helped save a shark which was snagged on a fishing line.

Michelle Walton, 53, was on a diving holiday off the coast at Hallsands, south Devon, with her partner, Peter Love, 52, when they spotted the stranded catshark.

It was stuck on a double hook and thrashing violently so the couple dived down to the seabed to try to free it.

Michelle, a marketing manager from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, used a knife to saw through the fishing lines before the 5ft shark wriggled free.

Astonishing video shows the moment the shark swam directly past the couple after it was rescued on Tuesday.

Michelle, who has two children and three grandchildren, said: ‘We were in the water less than 10 metres down, close to the shore, when me and Pete noticed a fishing line and I indicated to Pete to avoid it.

Deep sea rescue: Peter Love being was filmed as he came to the shark’s aid

‘We followed the line and it disappeared into some seaweed and when we reached the end we saw a catshark caught on a double hook.

‘It was thrashing around so I got out a diving knife and started cutting the line. It took a long time because it was a tough line.

‘If we hadn’t found the shark it would have died.

Happy to help: Scuba-divers Michelle Walton and her partner Peter Love PICTURES: SWNS

‘When it finally got free it didn’t swim off straight away and seemed to hang around and it looked at the camera — I think it was saying thank you.

‘When I go diving I like to see where the dive takes me — I don’t plan it out and I never know what I’m going to get.’

Catsharks feed on invertebrates and smaller fish and are not harmful to humans.