BROADBEACH surfer Ben Vining catches lucky wave to escape shark attack after what he says was a shark knocked him from his board at Byron Bay.
September 2nd, 2008
BROADBEACH surfer Ben Vining felt like a sitting duck after what he says was a shark knocked him from his board at Byron Bay.
Mr Vining yesterday told of his ordeal in the surf at Tallows beach on Saturday, saying his board was carried off by a rip and he had to wait 15 seconds to catch a wave to shore while the shark watched him.
The 29-year-old had just spotted a pod of dolphins off the point when he noticed a large shadow below him.
"At first I thought it was another dolphin but before I could get a second look there was a large bang and I was lifted up into the air," said Mr Vining.
"I fell off my surf- board into the water and when I looked back I saw this huge thing thrashing about.
"Half of its tail came out of the water and you could see most of the shark."
With the shark swimming between him and his board, Mr Vining had to wait for a wave to carry him to shore.
"Luckily I got in OK and another surfer got my board for me," he said.
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