Man fired after heroic moment caught on video

March 12, 2013 10:49:18 PM PDT
A British man who was called a hero for dragging a shark away from children has been fired because he was on sick leave when it happened.

A television crew captured the bravery of Paul Marshallsea when he was on an Australian beach. Marshallsea grabbed hold of the shark's tail as it threatened children playing nearby.

The online footage went around the world and he was hailed as a hero, but not by his bosses.

Marshallsea says his doctor told him to take a vacation to alleviate his stress. He says he should be congratulated -- not fired.