A professional abalone diver was working off the coast of his home in New South Whales Australia when his world went black.
He was working in the ocean in about 25 feet (7.6 meters) of water free diving for abalone. The diver always worked with his son and had often discussed what to do if attacked by a shark, but never thought the day would come. Well, not only did it come, but he was attacked by the biggest fiercest fish in the sea, the great white shark.
The victim of the shark attack said he didn’t realize what was going on and before he knew it, his head, left arm and torso were inside the great whites mouth! Instinctively he used the only part of his body not in the sharks mouth (his right arm) to repeatedly punch the great white in the eye until the shark finally spit him out. Apparently the shark came in for attack number two but was scared off by this fierce diver. Somehow, the diver kept his cool, made it back to the surface and apparently screamed; “SHARK! Get me the hell out of the water!”
Australian rescue crews were alerted after an SOS call went across the radio indicating that someone had been attacked by a great white shark. The hellicopter, on recomendation from the doctors, flew the rescue chopper very low to the water in order to avoid the bends. He is currently in critical condition but expected to recover.
Being a surfer, any kind of shark attack story scares the hell out of me. I can’t believe this guy had the sense to punch a great white in the eye! Crazy.