Terrifying moment angry shark throws fisherman out of kayak
Published 04/07/2015 | 12:47
A fisherman had a lucky escape after an aggressive shark capsized his kayak when he accidentally hooked the 8 foot beast.
The terrifying moment when Ben Chancey, a US Coast Guard captain, was knocked into the water and circled by several bull sharks was captured on film by a friend of his, who was filming as part of the fisherman's YouTube show.
Off the Florida coast, the 42-year-old was trying to land a goliath grouper, a deep water fish, when he was knock overboard by a nearby shark.
“Groupers normally swim below the sharks. But this grouper came up through the bull sharks and ate the bait,” he said.
Attempting to reel in the fish, the grouper spit the bait out and a bull shark got hold of the fisherman’s 15-pound bait.
Ben Chancey, a charter fishing captain, tried to reel in a shark before a knock from its tails caused him to go overboard.
"After the bull shark ate the bait…that's when it started spinning me around and dragging me all over the ocean,” Mr Chancey told ABC News.
After about 20 minutes, the shark swam right under his boat and thrashed upwards, tipping the kayak over.
"I landed on top of where the shark was," Mr Chancey said. "I didn't necessarily freak out."
“My feet were dangling on the side. And after hearing about all the shark attacks ... I figured I had a better chance of swimming to [a support boat] ... than sitting there with my feet dangling over the side.
“With all the sharks around ... you want to get out of the water fast," Chancey said.
"You don't know when the sharks will want to come get you. If you're in the water with them ... it's like being food," he added.
Mr Chancey, who was wearing a life jacket, quickly swam to the nearby support boat.