Fisherman almost killed by shark he caught when it springs back to life
A fisherman was nearly mauled by a shark he had just caught after he pulled it on to his kayak.
Brett Palmer, 34, was thrown into the sea when the three-metre animal suddenly sprung back to life at Western Port Bay, in Australia, at 2.30am this morning.
Police had initially thought the worst after his empty boat was found and launched a manhunt to find him at the location near Melbourne.
But luckily for him he had managed to pull himself into his brother Luke Palmer’s boat and the two of them had made a dash to the shore with the shark.
‘It was really carrying on, jumping out of the water,’ Mr Palmer told 7 News.
‘She’s bit the boat and missed me leg and whatever, that was pretty, pretty surreal.’
His brother Luke added: ‘I jumped straight up. My brother’s kayak turned around real quick.
‘It was just scary, I don’t like sharks.’
A Victoria Police spokesman said: ‘The shark, obviously unhappy to be caught, has caused the man to be tipped out of his kayak in its effort to get free.
‘He’s managed to get the kayak to shore and continued fishing with his mates.
‘When he’s returned several hours later to collect his kayak, it had gone.’
Officers eventually found Mr Palmer at his home and his vessel has since been returned to him.