Shark Attack 10/05/09

Shark Attacks Boat

It sounds like a scene from the Jaws franchise of movies but a West Australian man was attacked by a shark while in his boat.

A FISHERMAN came face-to-face with a massive great white shark after falling from his dinghy in Cockburn Sound in Western Australia yesterday morning.

PerthNow reports that the Rockingham man, aged in his 30s, fell into the sea as he tried to defend himself against a 4.5m shark that rammed his small aluminium fishing boat from behind at 7am.

In a terrifying chain of events described by sea rescue volunteers, the man tried to deter the shark from chewing on his outboard motor by hitting it on the nose with an oar.

But the man-eating monster grabbed the oar and as the fisherman attempted to retrieve it, he toppled into the water.

The boat, which the man was preparing to anchor, was still in gear and motored away from him towards shore, preventing him from climbing aboard.The shark circled the man four or five times before he was able to flee. He began a frantic two nautical mile swim to shore and was picked up by a fisherman after half an hour.

Yes, yes, a fisherman and “the one that got away”.  This report is interesting because the man was not in the water but on a boat to begin with, and it’s also rather unseasonal. Summer is long gone so it’s a little curious this big Great White is doing this right now. Having said that, the article points out it’s not far from where Brian Guest was taken in December 2008.

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