A group of Kayakers had a very fortunate escape when they were attacked by a great white shark whilst fishing off the coast of Southern California on Friday. This follows reports of a shark attack on a Surfer on Thursday evening near Vandenberg Airbase that lead to the closure of three beaches in the locality. Luckily on both occasions those involved in the attacks have lived to tell the tale.
The Surfer was attacked as he enjoyed the waves just north of Wall beach, and suffered a bite to the knee and was left with lacerations needing hospital treatment. The nearby airbase officials who oversee the local beaches were also forced to close the nearby beaches of Minuteman and Surf, and are expected to review the situation sometime today.
The Kayakers, were in a group fishing off the coast of Santa Barbara near Point Conception, when they were attacked by what was thought to be a 16-18 foot Great White Shark. There were two incidents where the shark attacked and left Kayaks with deep puncture wounds and the unfortunate Kayaker, clinging for dear life to his overturned Kayak.
Both times the Kayakers were rescued by local fisherman, Charles and Lou Christman, who were luckily not too far away when the mayday call came in. There are a few videos around showing some footage from the rescue, and one of the best clips we have seen is the news report from CBS Los Angeles, so we have embedded the video below. Let us know if you will be staying out of the water of SoCal for the time being and have you ever had a run in with a Shark?