Angler survives shark attack

2011-12-22 10:31

Johannesburg - A Kayak angler has survived to tell his own shark's tale after one took a nip out of his boat, the Herald Online reported on Thursday.

“The shark came from underneath me, the same way it klaps a seal. I never saw him until it happened," Werner Coetzee, 35, told the newspaper about the encounter which took place just off Noordhoek in Port Elizabeth just before dawn on Wednesday.

Coetzee said after the great white shark emerged out of the water it knocked him and the front of his boat so hard that he was flung up into the air.

"I have a Pinnacle kayak which takes a big punch, but he knocked me and the front of the kayak about 2.5m minimum out of the water,” he said.

"My kayak and all my tackle weigh 38kg and I weigh 102kg - so you can imagine."

Coetzee said when he landed back in the water, his kayak landed next to him but upside down.

"That was when I saw it was a shark. It was about four metres long. He was just a few feet away from me, biting into the front of the kayak."

“We eyeballed each other and I saw him change his attention from the kayak to me."

Coetzee said he then started pulling himself onto the hull of the boat.

“I lay there for about a minute, although it seemed like much longer, waiting for the next hit. But it never came.”

Coetzee said the shark moved away - probably because he did not regard the fibreglass the kayak was made out of as a delicacy.

"He obviously didn’t like the taste of fibreglass and that is why he moved off.”

Coetzee said two of his fishing rods and his sunglasses had not been as lucky as he had - they disappeared during the attack.

  • DieSeL - 2011-12-22 10:37

    Wow! Lucky guy! Could have been much worse. It's nice to see a story with a "happy" ending once in a while.

  • clivecorbz - 2011-12-22 10:40

    Luckily it wasn't a vending machine, those things are deadly.

      MissGremlin - 2011-12-22 10:42

      or a deck chair, equally nasty reputation.

      JohhnyBGood - 2011-12-22 15:35

      or the Blue Light brigade. Poor shark would'nt stand a chance...

      panafriconman - 2011-12-24 09:51


  • CarinWynbergen - 2011-12-22 10:41

    Wow !!! Merry Christmas dude !

  • MissGremlin - 2011-12-22 10:41

    Brown streak moment.

      Danie - 2011-12-22 16:28

      Only a streak? Might be more than a mere streak if it was me! :)

      TheWatcher - 2011-12-22 16:53

      more like a deluge.

  • Sharon - 2011-12-22 10:47

    Well survived ..........God knew your family needed you home safe .....God Bless

      Andries - 2011-12-22 18:18

      And does God know that those 5 000+ farmers who got murdered and still get murdered every day had no families who needed them home safe? Fact is God does NOT involve himself in mere moments. HE does not punish some people and save some.

  • Eugene - 2011-12-22 10:48

    Amazing that he managed to climb back up onto the kayak and nothing happened thereafter....

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-22 13:54

      Not really, as the oke said - the shark did not like the taste of fibreglass.

      dingane - 2011-12-24 18:01

      I don't think it was a Great White; a Great White would not have let him go

  • paul.coetzee1 - 2011-12-22 10:49

    From a fellow Coetzee and avid angler. All I can say is JEEEEZ. What a terrifying experience!

      paul.coetzee1 - 2011-12-22 10:51

      Oh and by the way. Do you now weigh 95 kg?

      Danie - 2011-12-22 16:29

      hahahaha!!! Good one!

  • Mike - 2011-12-22 10:57

    Nice article - I like the discription of being "Klapped like a seal"

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-22 13:55

      Very South African, ja, me too.

  • willbeonekenobi - 2011-12-22 11:12

    Either he was extremely lucky or the so-called 'big guy upstairs' that most christians believe in was watching over him. Probably the 'lucky' part because I'm sure that sharks can tell the difference between seals and humans as they are extremely smart.

  • Daniel - 2011-12-22 11:17

    Wow! all +140kg 2.5m in the air? he must have been a real big boy! Sunglasses and fishing gear are a small price to pay, they are replacable, your life isnt...

  • Lee - 2011-12-22 11:26

    Guess who needs new undies for christmas

  • frans.grobler3 - 2011-12-22 11:53

    When are you going fishing again - Bote you were lucky. Give that man a bells shooooo! and another and another.

  • Jean - 2011-12-22 13:17

    I'm not surprised he decided to swim off! Probably lost his appetite after you voided yourself like I'm sure you did... I would've!!

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-22 14:00

      I've just figured out what the shark ended up chowing. Sies!

  • Hendrik - 2011-12-22 13:49

    Yeah, what can we say? Except of course that very few such stupid people live to tell the tale? It is easy people - the sharks stay out of my house, I stay out of theirs. As far as I know it is also one of the best ways to prevent dying from shark-attacks ...

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-22 13:59

      If you want to live in a protected little box thats your choice dude. I personally choose life, it does have risks you know? Hendrik - an afrikaans oke who loves chickens? (Not that thats a bad thing ... )

      Jay - 2011-12-22 15:43

      Romantic interlude with a chicken also has its dangers!

      Gungets - 2011-12-22 15:55

      Some people might die living a full life, you will die wishing you had.

      Alan - 2011-12-22 16:40

      I refuse to tiptoe through life just so I can arrive safely at death - REAPERWEAR logo.

      makesuthink - 2011-12-23 06:55

      Hendrik The best way to avoid accidents on the road is not to go on the road at all so how do you get around RSA

  • andrew.bannister3 - 2011-12-22 15:26

    Its nice to see that sharks also practice catch amd release

      lee.herring7474 - 2011-12-24 04:09

      Now that's funny! :)

  • Phanuel - 2011-12-22 15:32

    Merry Christmas, i bet you and water won't be friends for a while

  • Gungets - 2011-12-22 16:10

    The truth of it is probably that the shark mistook him for a baby whale. While it is a little late in the year, the Southern Right whales migrate from the Antarctic to the SA coast to give birth. Baby Rights are about the same length as a fishing ski (3m - 4.5m) and have a similar shape. The white shark hunts whales by hitting them very hard from below, so it all adds up pretty well. He is a lucky man that he was not bitten in the first pass because a little blood in the water might have changed everything. Still, it is a very small percentage of people who use the ocean that get bitten by sharks, it is worth the tiny risk.

  • Chabi - 2011-12-22 18:19

    The shark found him to be just a bad case of tasteless sardines...

  • Sharkshoot - 2011-12-22 18:33

    Aich he nearly became shark bait.

  • Denise - 2011-12-22 22:58

    "I lay there for about a minute, although it seemed like much longer, waiting for the next hit." Just imagine. Seconds must have seemed like years. Any minute now...any minuttteee nooowww... The deadly impact he was waiting for never came. After that, nothing will frighten him again. LOL

  • Shawn - 2011-12-22 23:14

    WTF!!!! You LOST your sunglasses!!!! How irrisposible can a person get!!!

  • makesuthink - 2011-12-23 06:52

    It was not the taste of fibreglass that made the shark leave it was the water suddenly turning brown together with a rather strange and pungent odour

  • charles.kirton - 2012-01-16 22:32

    Morale of the story (1) Put hooks on the end of kayak. (2) Wear fibreglass underpants

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