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Great white shark attacks kayak

Published 18/08/2010 | 09:13

A man said he survived a close encounter with a shark off the Northern California coast
A man said he survived a close encounter with a shark off the Northern California coast

A man said he survived an uncomfortably close encounter with a great white shark off the Northern California coast that left 18-inch (45-centimetre) bite marks on his kayak.

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Adam Coca says he was fishing in his 13-foot kayak near Pigeon Point, about 45 miles south of San Francisco, when something bumped his boat and flipped him over, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

The 45-year-old said he was halfway in the water when he saw a great white shark chewing on the kayak.

He climbed on top of the overturned boat and held on as the shark continued biting the nose.

Mr Coca said the shark then got tangled in the paddle leash and bit through it before swimming away.

Nearby kayakers helped Mr Coca, who was unhurt, paddle to shore.

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