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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 August 2005, 08:32 GMT 09:32 UK
Woman sues over burst shark tank
By Phil Mercer
BBC News, Sydney

Tourists watch the fish at the Aquarium in Sydney, 01/12/2002
The aquarium in Sydney is one of the largest in the world
An Australian woman is suing Sydney Aquarium after a giant exhibition tank exploded, showering her with glass - and sharks.

The accident left Hazel Swinden, 61, in chest-high water with a badly gashed ankle caused by flying debris.

She claims to have suffered post-traumatic stress as a result.

One moment Ms Swinden was admiring the reef sharks at Sydney Aquarium and the next she was surrounded by them with blood pouring from a deep cut.

A glass tank had shattered, dumping thousands of litres of water on top of her.

The woman's lawyer has told a Sydney court how she was submerged for several seconds and could feel the sharks brushing past her.

She claims that acute stress forced her to give up her job as a sales assistant.

The drama took place several years ago but has only now reached court, where the victim is seeking unspecified damages.


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