Boaters Call 911 in Sheer Terror During Encounter With Great White Shark
Two girls' kayaking trip off the coast of Massachusetts turned into a terrifying ordeal when a great white shark took a bite out of the boat and dumped them into the water.
One girl was able to call 911 from the water, pleading for help as the shark circled.
"Please, I'm floating away. Please help me, please! I'm scared," she yelled.
The girls had gone to check out some seals off the coast of Plymouth. But officials say the seals are attracting more and more sharks to the area each summer.
Listen to the call above.
More details from AP:
A pleasant trip by two Massachusetts kayakers to check out some cute seals turned terrifying as the pair encountered a great white shark.
Ida Parker and Kristin Orr, who describe themselves as experienced kayakers, say they were about 150 yards off shore Wednesday evening taking pictures of seals when something came up from beneath and tried to take a bite out of one kayak, spilling both of them into the water.
"It happened so fast," Orr said. "I was talking to (Parker) and the next minute I'm in the water and I just see a shark biting my kayak."
Parker got an up close look.
"It was dark gray, pointy nose, big teeth, big eyes," Parker said. "It was like right next to me. It was petrifying."
Orr said she started thrashing around, which she acknowledges she probably shouldn't have done.
The fish swam away and the Plymouth harbormaster rescued the women, both in their 20s, after a bystander called 911.
A spokeswoman for the state Division of Marine Fisheries says an agency expert determined that it was a great white shark due to a tooth fragment and the bite radius left in one of the kayaks.
Great whites have become common off the coast of Massachusetts in recent summers, attracted by the seals, their favorite meal. Sightings often prompt beach closings.