02/15/2018 - Adam Hoare - Australia

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02/15/2018 - Adam Hoare - Australia

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After a swim in the shallows with his two children (Matthew, age 6, and April,
Adam Hoare with his daughter,
April. Photo by Adam McLean
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age 3), Adam Hoare sent them in to the shore and stayed in the water on his own. He went
under two waves and was returning to the beach when he was whacked from behind by a
shark in “whitewashy and sandy” water. “I was just walking backwards watching the waves
come in and going ‘oh, wow, look at all the tuna’ and it [the shark] just came in like that
[from the back side],” he said. “I reckon it was just going straight for the tuna,” he said. “It
hasn’t actually bitten me, it’s just swum into me. It felt like I was hit with a sledgehammer in
the leg.” Mr Hoare was knocked off his feet and landed on the shark. “It was like falling on a
slippery rock, it was that solid. It just sort of went underneath me and [it was] gone,” he said.
“That was it ... in two or three seconds it was over.” He was adamant the shark didn’t bite
him, despite sustaining five puncture wounds. “If it was trying to bite me I’d have no leg left,
put it that way,” he said. “There was no crunch, there was no bite. It was just a total freak
accident – in the way at the wrong time.

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