Miracle survival after man shoots HIMSELF in the head with a six-inch fishing spear

A Brazilian man is lucky to be alive after he astonishingly managed to shoot himself in the brain with a fishing spear.

Emerson de Oliveira Abreu was fishing off the coast of Rio de Janeiro when he took the devastating shot.

The spear ricocheted off some rocks - and slammed into Abreu's head.

Entering just above his eye, it penetrated his brain so deeply that only the tip was showing.

But Abreu's tale of luck does not stop there.

Amazingly, surgeons managed to remove the spear - which somehow missed every critical area of his brain.

Now Abreu is expected to survive without any major, lasting damage - though his sense of smell may be affected, doctors said.

Doctor Manoel Moreira told Globo TV that the it took five hours of high-risk surgery to remove the projectile from Abreu, who he said is doing well.

The spear entered just above Abreu's left eye and missed the most critical areas of his brain, Moreira said.

'It's a miracle,' said Abreu's father, Edilson, according to Globo's G1 Web site.

Mr Abreu's friend Douglas Martins, who was fishing with him at the time, said the injured fisherman was conscious and talking after the accident.

He is due to be released from hospital within a week.

Grandmother plunges 100ft down cliff in car without seatbelt on... and walks away unharmed

This is the mangled Mini which careered 100ft down a cliff before smashing into two trees - leaving its driver unhurt.

The pictures show the full extent of damage done to the £13,000 Mini after it plunged down the cliffs when Barbara Tyreman accidentally hit the accelerator as she reached for her seatbelt.

The grandmother-of-two swerved to avoid another car and could 'only watch in horror' as she drove herself off the edge of the cliff.

Mrs Tyreman, 60, said: 'I can't believe I escaped unhurt. It's unbelievable. When I look at the car I just think "How did I survive without a scratch?" It's incredible. Someone was watching over me.'

Describing yesterday's horrific accident, Mrs Tyreman said: 'As I was reaching back for my seatbelt, my foot hit the accelerator and shot right across, quite fast, across the car park and down the drive, which is very long and steep.

'I was hurtling down the drive and I tried to put the brake on but for some reason I kept hitting the accelerator and just carried straight on.

'My daughter and granddaughter were in a car in front of me and I didn't want to hit them so I turned the car to the left and just flew, literally flew, and went over the cliff edge. It went down for about 100ft and the car came to a halt between two trees.

'I was sat in my car and realised I hadn't banged my head and my legs and arms and everything were still moving and I couldn't believe it.'

Mrs Tyreman was trapped for two hours before firemen cut off the roof of her Mini - freeing her so she could airlifted to Scarborough Hospital where she was checked over for internal injuries.

Firefighters had to cut Mrs Tyreman from the car and she was airlifted by helicopter to Scarborough Hospital, where she was X-rayed and given blood tests but released later the same day with just a bruise on her arm.

The holiday let boss from Whitby in North Yorkshire added: 'I just don't know how I'm alive, I'm very lucky, my life flashed before my eyes.'

The mangled white Mini, complete with shorn off chequered roof, was winched up from the cliff and is not on the scrapheap.

Mrs Tyreman's daughter Lindsay Close, who was in the car in front of her mother when the car vanished from sight over the cliff, said she could only stand and watch the terrifying event in front of her.

She said: 'She was coming down the drive and I thought "You're going a little fast here mum" and pulled to one side and then she just carried on and went over the cliff. I thought she was dead.'

Mrs Close jumped out of her car and shouted down the cliff to her mother - and amazingly heard Mrs Tyreman shout back that she was ok.

Mrs Close added: 'I did not expect her to shout back. I expected a dead silence. I can't honestly believe she made it out with hardly a scratch.'

Mrs Tyreman said: 'I have a couple of bruises but that is it, in fact I had a hip operation eight weeks ago that had been giving me pain but now it's not hurting anymore.'

And she said her life really did flash before her eyes.

'It really does happen. I thought of my family, my children, my husband John, who is working away in Nigeria, memories from our house in Spain, it all went through my mind.

'It was like something out of a James Bond film as the car didn't just roll over the edge, it took off, it flew,' she said.

300-year-old egg the largest in the world

A 300-year-old giant egg measuring more than three feet in circumference has gone up for sale today with a £5,000 sale tag.

The egg, which is larger than a rugby ball, is probably the biggest in the world and was laid by the Great Elephant Bird of Madagascar.

The egg belongs to antique dealer John Shepherd, of Ashford, Kent, who said he was delighted to be selling it at autcion.
The 48-year-old bought the egg after seeing David Attenborough discover one while filming in Madagascar.

The egg would have contained the chick of a baby Great Elephant Bird but is now hollow after being broken and pieced back together.

Mr Shepherd, a trained palaeontologist who has owned the egg for a year, said: 'I like fossils so it ticks all my boxes.

'The egg is a talking point. It's very eye-catching and it has a wonderful simplicity about it. The egg has a great social history.'

The Madagascan Elephant Bird was the only giant bird to exist with man who ultimately caused its extinction.

'It's nice to be able to show children today about environmental issues that have been going on for hundreds of years,' Mr Shepherd said.

A Cargo plane crashed in flames at Tokyo's

A cargo plane burst into flames after bouncing off a runway in unusually high winds at Tokyo's main international airport this morning.

The FedEx plane landed hard, tipped onto its left wing and burst into flames, video of the crash showed.

A bright orange fireball and black billowing smoke engulfed the plane as it flipped and skidded off the runway killing the pilot and co-pilot - the only people on board.

Tourist snaps UFO cloud

Swooping high over snow-capped peaks against a stunning sky of blue, it looks for all the world like an invading alien saucer.

But there's no need to run for cover or call up Mulder and Scully just yet.

For the meteorologists, of course, have a more prosaic explanation.

It turns out the 'saucer' is nothing more than Altocumulus Lenticularis --a rare lens-shaped cloud that forms when moist air flows over mountains.

Diane Bowers took the photograph while on holiday at the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Spain.

Mother-of-two Mrs Bowers, 45, said: 'I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted this cloud.

'The sky was so clear, just a pure blue, apart from this one cloud that looked just like a flying saucer.

'It was one of those moments that I will never forget.'

The photo now takes pride of place in Mrs Bowers's living room at her home in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.

Lights in the sky: Builder on rooftop snaps four 'UFOs' flying over London

It's a scenic shot that appears to be out of this world.

Taken on a mobile phone early one morning it captures the London landscape as well as four curious lights hovering over the Houses of Parliament. Could they be UFOs?

Derek Burden was working on the 16th floor of a building in Covent Garden in the capital's West End when he took the picture at 8.30am.

It was only when he looked at the image later with his girlfriend that he noticed the eerie shapes in the cloudy sky.

Commuting aliens? Outer space visitors heading up West? Or the reflection in the window of office lights behind Mr Burden?

The truth is out there....

He who dares swims: The man who cools off with lions

When Kevin Richardson decided to cool off in the sweltering South African heat he was joined by an unlikely swimming partner - a giant lioness.

But before you fear a massacre, don't because these two are friends.

Zoologist and animal behaviourist Kevin, 34, raises and interacts some of the most dangerous animals known to man.

With his unusual methods, Kevin has developed some exceptionally personal bonds with his students, playing, sleeping and even swimming with animals.

Taking a well deserved swim in the Crocodile River, just south of the Magaliesburg mountains, Kevin was joined by Meg the lioness.

Weighing a staggering 185 kg this boisterous tawny lioness playfully splashed around with the experienced behaviourist.

'We went swimming purely for Meg's enrichment,' Kevin said.

'That's one of the reasons I believe my animals are so relaxed. They live very enriched lives.

'Those who like it go for swims, others go for walks in the greater area and others just prefer to go and chill under a tree in the middle of the park.'

Meg, seven, and her sister Amy, live in The Kingdom of the White Lion, near Johannesburg, South Africa.

Lions, hyenas and leopards reside in the 650 hectare area not too far from the banks of the river.

The Kingdom of the White Lion help to fund predator research in Botswana and are actively involved in creating awareness around the globe.

Kevin, who has been involved in countless documentaries and has just finished working on a new film about white lions, works to create awareness and being active in lion conservation.

With lion numbers in the wild dropping from around 350,000 animals to 25-30,000 animals over a period of 15 years, the statistics paint a grim picture.

However Kevin"s unusual work with these magnificent animals has captured the imagination.

'People are always amazed that she doesn't rip me to pieces with her claws,' Kevin said.

'I assure you every now and again I get a claw going into me. It's unintentional and just reconfirms to me how gentle and in control she tries to be.

'She gets like an excited dog going for a ride in a car. She takes no coaxing to get her to swim.

'You get in and start swimming and the next thing you know there's a full grown lioness beside you doing doggy....umm I mean.... lion paddle towards you.'

Radio Birdsong will keep warbling on

Amid all the twittering and squawking on the wireless, it is an oasis of calm.

So fans of the Birdsong Radio station are overjoyed that it will be staying on air.

The digital station, which plays a looped 20-minute recording of bird chorus, was only meant to be a temporary filler when it began transmitting in January last year.

But it proved a smash hit and attracted half a million listeners - even more than the speech-only channel it replaced, OneWord. Fans who adored the soothing calls of the blackbirds, swallows, pigeons and robins, launched several online petitions to make it a permanent fixture.

Now station bosses have told the Daily Mail that they will keep Birdsong Radio alive for the foreseeable future.

Glyn Jones, operations director at DigitalOne, has said there are no immediate plans to close it down. The recording quality has been upgraded, and a CD or download of the 20-minute clip is now available.

News of the reprieve comes after author Terry Pratchett said he is a fan of the station.

He said: 'Just recently, I've discovered Birdsong on DAB [a digital station that plays nothing but birdsong].

'There's something about the sound of the outdoors that adds texture to a room. It cools the room down, makes you feel relaxed.'

One listener, Dean Pook from Bristol, said: 'I tune into Birdsong and I'm usually asleep within ten minutes. Sometimes I like to have it on in the evenings as a relaxing background sound.'

Dee Parker, from London, said: 'It's a safe haven in a cruel world. How I love the Birdsong station.'

It is understood that the station will remain on air while a permanent commercial broadcaster is sought for the frequency.

In the current downturn this could take some time, as the radio sector has taken a heavy hit. Insiders say that Birdsong Radio is simply not economically viable because broadcasting adverts on it would ruin the relaxing effect.

The recording was made by Digital One chief executive Quentin Howard, who taped birds in his garden to provide sound effects for an amateur dramatics play.

Those wanting to listen to the station, which transmits from 6am to midnight, need a digital radio or they can access it online at

The man who leaps from helicopters into the sea to wrestle MARLIN

Matt Watson likes to catch marlin. And he likes to catch them like nobody else.

He has jumped out of a helicopter on top of one, wrestling it for a while then sending it on it's way and caught one from a jetski before letting it go by hand.

And now Matt has gone one further: he has caught a marlin from a surfboard and had it filmed for his TV program The Ultimate Fishing Show.

It's no wonder he's been dubbed New Zealand's answer to Steve Irwin.

'There is always a sense of danger with the stunts that we try,' says the 33-year-old for big game fisherman.

'I still don't consider myself a television personality. When I have a camera in front of me it is almost like it isn't real, like I can't get hurt. I get what they call Kodak courage.'

When Matt hooked a marlin from a surf board, the giant fish towed Matt for 11 kilometres, at times reaching speeds that allowed him to stand up on the board.

The 90 minute battle ended when the intrepid angler released the fish. Matt has five people in his team who help him to carry out his outrageous stunts, but he is eager to point out that these dangerous stunts are only possible after his years of experience.

'I have been around big fish all my life as a big game fisherman so there is a lot of experience there," he says.

'I can assess how to behave with a big fish like a shark or a marlin.

'I take the comparison with Steve Irwin as a big compliment. He was fantastically successful.'

Matt has based a lot of his stunts on catching marlin which is considered by many game fishermen to be the pinnacle of offshore game fishing, due to the size and power of marlin, relative rareness and difficulty of capture.

'When I caught my first marlin it was something I will never forget,' says Matt, who has been fishing since he was three. 'It took me two or three years to catch one.

'Our idea are usually thought up over a beer and marlins are often a talking point.'

One of Matt's most outrageous stunts came when he was filmed jumping out of a helicopter and catching a marlin barehanded as the fish was near the surface.

'The idea for the marlin catch came out of the blue,' says Matt.

'We were filming for the show and we helicopter out to an island and the pilot told me how he used to drop guys onto wild deer and tie them up. I thought it was an interesting idea.

'We tried once and it was way off. We made five attempts in five different locations in New Zealand and after 11 months I eventually did it.'

' I got a few bruises but it was well worth it.'

Matt appeared on the David Letterman show earlier this year and is now hoping to bring his work to a UK audience