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Kite surfer stabs sharks in the eye, nose

2012-03-06 23:00

Warsaw - Polish kite surfer Jan Lisewski fought off repeated shark attacks, overcame thirst and exhaustion in a two-day battle of survival on the Red Sea, Polish media reported on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old Lisewski had completed two thirds of a 200km attempt to cross the Red Sea from the Egyptian town of El Gouna to Duba in Saudi Arabia when the wind suddenly stopped, deflating his kite.

Faced with rising waves and approaching nightfall the Gdansk-born Polish kite surfing champion and instructor sent out his first SOS signal, but it took nearly 40-hours for the Saudi Arabian coastguard to find him.

Lisewski - who became the first person to kite surf across the Baltic Sea last year - survived the ordeal with help of energy drinks, some water, two energy bars and a trusty knife to fight off sharks up to 6m long.

"I was stabbing them in the eyes, the nose and gills," Lisewski told Polish state news agency PAP.

Comments
  • garth.bester2 - 2012-03-07 04:53

    Tuff day at the office - 6 metre sharks I think he had too many energy drinks.

  • Duncan - 2012-03-07 10:23

    Hallucinations buddy, you don't poke a six meter in the eye. Come to Cape Town and I'll prove it. It's bad for business when people let their imagination run wild.

  • Melt - 2012-03-18 09:30

    After this story, sorry no more diving for me in the Red Sea. Hope to be informed what kind of sharks this guy fought.

      Kevin - 2012-03-18 11:54

      Hey Melt, you find sharks at any diving spot that is worth while diving, everyone knows that the Red Sea has some of the best diving in the world. If the shark was 6m, which I doubt, it was probably an Oceanic whitetip shark or possibly a blue shark, neither get to 6m though. Most divers are rapped when the get to see a shark.

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