Gene Mace witnessed a terrifying scene on March 18. He saw the moment diving instructor Brian Correiar’s kayak was attacked by a great white shark.
While paddling in California’s Monterey Bay, Correiar’s 14-foot kayak was struck by the shark. In a newly released video, the moments after the attack, captured by Mace, show Correiar treading water in close proximity to the shark.
In the video, Mace can be heard telling his wife, “He got knocked out of his kayak by a shark.” While she calls for help, Mace continues recording. During one intense part of the video, the shark can be seen heading toward Correiar. “See the fin? It’s swimming toward the guy now,” Mace says. “That’s a big-a** shark. The shark is wider than the kayak.”
Luckily, Correiar lived to tell his side of the story. “I heard a loud bang as my kayak and I flew into the air. I landed outside my boat, look back to it and to my horror saw a large great white shark no more than three feet away had my kayak in its mouth,” Correiar wrote in a blog post. “I scrambled away from my boat as fast as I could and started kicking towards shore — really wishing that I was wearing fins!”
The great white chewed along the entire length of the kayak, while an exhausted Correiar tried and failed to get his marine radio to connect with the Coast Guard. “At this point I was really nervous, I was sure I was done,” Correiar told reporters. “It was like a horror movie.”
Then, to his relief, a small sailboat appeared. Correiar drew skipper Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Franklin’s attention, and the boat went to his aid. The moment is caught on film as Franklin, a Naval Postgraduate School doctoral student, attempts to pull Correiar aboard, but the attacked kayaker was too exhausted to climb. Franklin called the Coast Guard, who came with a larger boat and crew to pull the Correiar to safety.
Mace’s video cane be viewed here:
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