I was mauled by TWO great white sharks at once in ‘world’s solely’ double attack – and paddled to safety with one hand
A SURFER has instructed of paddling to safety with one hand after TWO great white sharks attacked him at once.
Shannon Ainslie was browsing at Nahoon Reef in South Africa when two four-metre predators attacked him earlier than he miraculously managed to swim again to shore.
Shannon, who was 15 at the time of the occasion in 2000, was in the water when his brother and a few of his buddies received out as a result of they felt uneasy.
The surfer recalled a scent of sardines in the air – a scent which attracts sharks and serves as a warning to swimmers in the world.
As Shannon was about to catch his first large wave of the day, one shark hit him with sufficient pressure to throw him into the air earlier than it grabbed his hand and surfboard in its jaws – dragging Shannon beneath the water.
Within seconds, one other shark swiped for his head and shoulders, however missed – as a result of the opposite had received him first.
Shannon reckons the second great white ended up saving his life as he speculated the competitors should have startled the primary beast – as he misplaced grip of his hand.
It was then that Shannon got here face to face with one of the sharks, as he stared at an enormous set of tooth and a darkish black eye – earlier than it bolted previous, leaving him alone in the water.
Shannon surfaced from the water and shortly discovered his board earlier than realising his proper hand hanging off.
The attack has been dubbed “the world’s only” double attack by a pair of great white sharks.
Blood was gushing from a gap in his hand with his wrist bone protruding after the shark had bitten proper by way of it.
With the water empty of different surfers and swimmers, it was down to Shannon to paddle again to shore on his personal earlier than one of the sharks got here again to end the job.
It took one other 20 minutes of paddling till the surfer reached the shore, the place his hand was strapped up to scale back the bleeding, and his brother rushed him to hospital.
After a five-hour wait, he ultimately acquired remedy – the place he was given 30 stitches in his proper hand and surgical procedure to restore the outlet in his wrist.
Despite Shannon’s horrific nightmare, he quickly returned to the waters to surf as he thought of himself extra fearful of sharks earlier than the attack than after.