Two Massachusetts kayakers are lucky to be alive after a dangerous encounter with a great white shark on Wednesday.
Ida Parker and Kristin Orr were kayaking off the coast of Plymouth when a great white shark overturned their kayaks and bit into one of the boats, according to the Boston Herald. Luckily, the shark swam after nearby seals leaving the women unharmed.
“It came directly out of the water, underneath the boat, launched her backwards and flipped me over,” Parker told WCVB-TV. “It happened so fast,” said Orr. “I was talking to her and the next minute I’m in the water and I just see a shark biting my kayak.”
While in the bobbing in the ocean, the women made a frantic 911 call for help. They were rescued after 30 minutes of clinging to their overturned kayaks. State officials tried to locate the shark hours after the attack but were unsuccessful.The Harbormaster later examined the bite marks on the kayak and confirmed they came from a great white. He estimates the shark measures between 14 to 16 feet in length.
The shark attack was the second shark report the harbormaster received that day. Another kayaker reported a shark grabbing attacking seal in the harbor around 1 p.m. that same day. Eight days earlier a state police helicopter crew spotted a great white swimming off the coast of Duxbury – five miles from the recent attack.