A 73-year-old fisherman’s survival was nothing short of a miracle after a great white shark jumped into his boat.
Terry Selwood, an elderly man from Evans Head, Australia, was fishing alone over the weekend when Marine Rescue NSW was alerted to the emergency.
When they arrived, the rescue crew wrote on Facebook that they saw the 73-year-old on the side of his 19-foot ship, “covered in blood with numerous lacerations on his right arm.”
Selwood had apparently been in the boat by himself when a 9-foot-long great white shark suddenly leaped onto his boat. The shark continued to thrash on the deck of his boat, injuring the man in the process.
He was eventually able to reach the side of his boat, and out of the shark’s way, when he called for an emergency rescue.
“Thankfully, the fisherman only suffered fright and a number of lacerations which resulted in a few stitches,” Marine Rescue NSW reported.
They were able to bring him onto a rescue ship before helicopters airlifted him to safety.
The rescue team said Selwood’s boat, with the shark still on it, was towed back to shore. The sea predator, which died on the boat, will be used for research.
“He now has an amazing survival story of ‘the one that didn’t get away,’” rescuers joked.
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