Wednesday 19 September 2018

'It was going to eat her' - chilling moment girl (15) survives shark attack

The shark followed the kayak for 10 minutes after it attacked the 15-year-old in South Australia. Photograph: Channel 7
The shark followed the kayak for 10 minutes after it attacked the 15-year-old in South Australia. Photograph: Channel 7
In this image made from video, Sarah Williams, 15, stands over a kayak in Mount Compass, Australia, on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, after she was attacked by a great white shark off the coast near Normanville, in South Australia. She was upended by the shark but survived the ordeal with scratches and bruises. (Channel 9 via AP)
A great white shark (AP)
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A teenager has survived an attack by a Great White Shark off the coast of Australia.

Sarah Williams (15) was kayaking off the coast near Normanville, south of Adelaide, when the shark attacked her, catapulting her into the air.

"The next thing I hear was a big bang of something very solid hitting the kayak, then screams," her father Chris Williams told ABC News.

"Sarah — she had been thrown into the air and just come down into the water, and this shark has just rolled and all I saw was the dark side and the white belly and just huge fins and just white water everywhere.

In this image made from video, Sarah Williams, 15, stands over a kayak in Mount Compass, Australia, on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, after she was attacked by a great white shark off the coast near Normanville, in South Australia. She was upended by the shark but survived the ordeal with scratches and bruises. (Channel 9 via AP)
In this image made from video, Sarah Williams, 15, stands over a kayak in Mount Compass, Australia, on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, after she was attacked by a great white shark off the coast near Normanville, in South Australia. She was upended by the shark but survived the ordeal with scratches and bruises. (Channel 9 via AP)

"It was going to eat her."

"[It] came back to the boat again and grabbed onto the boat and punctured it and has damaged the boat, and threw my daughter out," her mother, Adrienne Clarke, said.

"We got her out of the water before it could do any further damage.

"The shark then followed the kayak while it was roped to our motorised boat for about 10 minutes trying to come back at it, but eventually gave up.

"My son, who was in the motorised boat, said it was the same length as the kayak."

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