watch video of kayaker knocked out of kayak by great white, scared, but unharmed.
Brian Correiar was kayaking 100 metres offshore in Monterey Bay, California on Saturday 18 March 2017 when a great white shark attacked the 14-foot, single-person ocean kayak he was paddling.
“It all started with a bang,” Correiar told National Geographic. “Suddenly the kayak was launched into the air and I fell halfway out of it. I began yelling. I remember thinking, ‘I have to do a deep-water entry from the kayak, and I haven’t practiced that since my last rescue class.’”
Just 3 feet away he could see the shark which had latched on to his kayak. He says initially he froze, but then slid out the kayak and started to swom to short on his back so he could keep an eye on the shark.
The shark surged towards him with the kayak still in its mouth.
“At this point I was really nervous, I was sure I was done,” he said.
He saw a small yacht approaching and waved to it. At this point the shark dived below him
“It was like a horror movie,” Correiar told National Geographic. “The shark came toward me, dropped the kayak, then dove straight down below me where I couldn’t see it.”
The skipper of the yacht came alongside Correiar and managed to pull him aboard, unharmed.
Tulio Andrés Amaya Vidal, 17, suffered a severe wound to his right arm and a minor wound to his left hand after being attacked by a shark while kayaking off the beach at Liberty township, San Onofre, Gulf of Morrosquillo, Colombia.
The shark latched onto his right forearm and “in a fierce struggle with the shark” he tried to use his left hand to get the shark to let go of his arm, in the process injuring his left hand. He managed to get back to the beach where relatives took him to a hospital in nearby Sincelejo.
He reportedly lost mobility of his arm and underwent surgery at Clínica Las Peñitas de Sincelejo.