Whale saves unsuspecting woman from a tiger shark that was swimming beneath her. Picture: YouTube
Whale saves unsuspecting woman from a tiger shark that was swimming beneath her. Picture: YouTube

RUSH HOUR: Whale saves snorkeller from shark

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6:55am

Woman killed in car crash on Great Western Highway

A woman has died following a head-on collision with a truck in Central West, New South Wales.

Emergency crews were called to the scene on the Great Western Highway near Mount Lambie at around 7pm Wednesday night.

It is believed that the woman, who was driving a sedan, may have crossed onto the wrong side of the road.

The female driver was pronounced dead at the scene and the truck driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries in order to undergo mandatory tests.

 

6:35am

Whale saves snorkeller from tiger shark

Stunning footage show the moment that a massive humpback whale pushed a snorkeller through the water to protect her from a nearby shark.

The pictures of Nan Hauser, 63, show how the massive sea creature pushed the whale biologist with his head and his mouth, then tucked her under its pectoral fin and even lifted her out of the water on one occasion.

However, lurking near the mammal and Hauser was a 15-foot tiger shark, as well as another whale that was moving its tail to ward off the shark.

The whale biologist told the Daily Mirror that she believes the moment in September reveals the whale's intuitive instinct to protect another species of animal.

As Hauser returned to the safety of the boat, in the waters off Muri Beach, Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, the whale even came back to check on her.

-Read more here.

 

 

6:10am

Duo representing North Korea in the Winter Olympics

They're a pair of skaters who love reading, music and have a soft spot for the leader of their adopted home - Justin Trudeau.

But the charmed life of anonymity and ice rinks is all about to change for North Korean athletes Ryom Tae-OK, 18, and Kim Ju-sik, 25, who look set to carry the country's sporting ambition on their slight shoulders.

The talented duo qualified for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in Germany last year, however appeared set to miss them after the country failed to register. Now Kim Jong-un's New Year about face means the pair will "probably participate" next month, according to North Korea's IOC representative, Chang Ung.

World-class skating coach Bruno Marcotte, who trained the team in Montreal ahead of their qualifying performance, said he hopes they will be able to enjoy the experience given the political backdrop.

"Whenever they skate well they get so emotional and there's so much joy and happiness," Mr Marcotte told news.com.au.

"They put a lot of pressure on themselves every day. The ultimate pressure was to qualify for the Olympics. When they go there they have nothing to lose ... I really hope they find that energy to skate free."

-With Victoria Craw, read more.

 

Ryom Tae-OK and Kim Ju-sik of North Korea competing at the Figure Skating-ISU Challenger Series in Oberstdorf, Germany where they qualified for the Winter Olympics. Picture: AP Photo/Matthias Schrader
Ryom Tae-OK and Kim Ju-sik of North Korea competing at the Figure Skating-ISU Challenger Series in Oberstdorf, Germany where they qualified for the Winter Olympics. Picture: AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

5:45am

Perth teacher dies on outback trip

The body of a 48-year-old man, believed to be missing Perth teacher Justin Davies, was found by WA police during a search on Wednesday.

Mr Davies had reportedly been camping with his family 24km east of Cue at Webb's Patch when the experienced prospector went off on his own on Monday.

Police launched an aerial and ground search of the area on Tuesday after he failed to return to camp the following evening.

On Tuesday, the temperature in Cue reached 45C and it is believed that Mr Davies had around two litres of water with him.

His body was found under a tree about 2.5km from his camp.

On Wednesday afternoon police said: "The body of a man believed to be Mr Davies has been located during the search today, however formal identification has not taken place at this time."



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