Sunday 11 December 2016

Diver in terrifying two-hour shark stand-off after losing his boat

Mark Molloy

Published 23/05/2016 | 11:23

The sharks circled for almost two hours
The sharks circled for almost two hours

A scuba diver had a very close encounter with two sharks after surfacing to find his boat was nowhere to be seen.

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Florida resident Randy Fales became separated from his boat while out diving and soon had two sharks circling him under the water.

The 68-year-old was stranded in the Atlantic Ocean for almost two hours, capturing the dramatic shark stand-off on camera.

He had drifted away from his boat after a line to the marker being used to track him by his family had become separated.

His relieved daughter posted a photo on Instagram with a caption explaining what happened: “Went 17 miles offshore today and the plan was for my dad to do a couple dives, then we would go trolling.

“We tossed out a marker on the reef and down my dad went. Thirty minutes quickly passed by and we were anticipating his arrival to the surface.

“Little did we know, the line to the marker snapped off on the reef, leaving the buoy floating...and we were following it.”

She added: “Long story short, we lost him and I had to radio out a distress call. But, our radio wasn't working.

“Eventually, I got through to Coast Guard on the radio. Meanwhile, my dad was drifting three miles away from us and being circled by this bad boy.

“Fortunately, he got picked up by a nearby boat two hours later! Crazy day but so thankful that he was found ok!”

An amateur photographer previously captured an amazing close-up of a great white shark.

While this rare Megamouth shark caught in Japan is absolutely terrifying.

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