Woman sues after shark tank explodes


A woman is suing the Sydney Aquarium after being knocked down by flood water as a shark tank exploded.

According to Australia\'s Daily Telegraph, Hazel Swinden, 61, of Perth, was showered with water, glass and sharks when the shark tank exploded in 1997.

The Black- and White-tipped reef sharks the tank contained were spread across the floor of the building, along with many other smaller fish.

Swinden claims she now suffers from flashbacks and post traumatic stress disorder and had to give up her job because of the injuries the broken glass caused to her leg.

\"She was aware of marine exhibits, which included sharks, coming into contact with her while she was in the water...\"

According to The Daily Telegraph, Barrister Chris Branson QC told the court that the tank exploded very suddenly:

\"Suddenly and unexpectedly, a glass viewing panel exploded. The glass shattered and Mrs Swinden suffered a gaping wound to her left foot and ankle.

\"She was knocked down by the rush of water. She was submerged for several seconds. She was aware of marine exhibits, which included sharks, coming into contact with her while she was in the water.\"

The Daily Telegraph says that Swinden told the court she saw a crack form in the top of the tank and thought to herself that she was going to die, so she turned and ran.

A tank containing Murray cod, which The Daily Telegraph says was made from the same thickness of glass as the shark tank, exploded at the aquarium seven years earlier.

The Sydney Aquarium is cross suing the manufacturer of the tank.