Kayak Shark Attack Was Close Call

A California man with a kayak tells a horror story after surviving a brush with a great white shark, literally, after it decided to attack him while he was fishing with friends.

Joey Nocchi, 30, was wrapping up a day of fishing on Saturday afternoon with two of his buddies in their kayaks near Cambria, CA., when a great white, believed to be around 12 to 14 feet, hit the bottom side of Nocchi’s kayak, knocking him into the water.

“We’d just about limited out on rock cod, and Matt caught two halibut,” Nocchi explains. “We were cruising along together and talking.”

“I got hit from underneath and started coming up out of the water. My buddies said I came out of the water 4 to 5 feet, it flipped me over the side. The shark rolled the whole kayak over, rolled me out of it, and he went over the top of it. He swam across me, his tail touched me.”

Buddies James Byon and Matt Kerschke described that when the shark hit Nocchi’s kayak, it breached all the way out of the water with it jaws open and eye lids closed as if it were making a kill strike.

Nocchi then explains that he swam to his over turned kayak as fast as possible and pulled himself up onto it. He says that Kershke told him the shark knew it made a mistake and would be back, and that he needed to flip the kayak over and get into it and paddle to shore.

He was able to right the kayak as his friend retrieved his paddle. He then paddled the sinking kayak, due to a 20 inch wide bite, without further incident.

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