"Suddenly, I heard a loud bang as my kayak and I flew into the air. I landed outside my boat, look back to it and to my horror saw a large great white shark no more than three feet away had my kayak in its mouth," recalls Mr Correiar in his account of the incident on diver.net.
He goes on to write about how he tried to contact the Coast Guard on his marine radio as he swam towards the shore, but they had trouble hearing him. At this point, he had been in the water for over 20 minutes and his feet were beginning to get numb. It was then spotted a passing sailboat. However, in another instance of bad luck for Mr Correiar, the boat did not have a ladder that he could use to climb onto it.
He instructed the family in the boat to call 911, after which the Coast Guard showed up in about 5 minutes to rescue him.
"Thank you for calling 911!" writes Mr Correiar in the comments section of the YouTube video of his rescue.
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Mr Correiar would learn later that the shark was as big as his 14-feet-long kayak. "Bite marks show that it had the whole girth of the boat in its mouth," he writes in his post.
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