A TWENTY-year-old Yanuca villager survived a shark attack off an island near Taveuni yesterday.
Tevita Naborisi was spearfishing at Matacucu Reef when he was attacked.
According to his cousin, William Bukarau, Mr Naborisi went spearfishing with a group but strayed from the rest of his group. He was attacked twice by the shark.
"He had speared a donu when the shark attacked him from his right side," said Mr Bukarau.
"The shark bit his head but he managed to fend the shark away.
"The shark had bitten into the right side of Tevita's temple in the first attack. The shark came around a second time but Tevita managed to push the shark away," said Mr Bukarau.
Mr Naborisi then swam to the nearest man from his party who was spearfishing 50 metres away where they called the boat which was another 50 metres away.
He is now recovering at the Waiyevo Hospital in Taveuni.