19-year-old Nathaniel Drummond is probably feeling lucky to be alive after his terrifying encounter with a great white shark over the weekend.
Drummond was racing his surf ski (a type of canoe), off the coast of Australia on October 22nd. He says that a giant great white shark hit his boat from beneath the surface with such force that it sent him flying into the air and eventually the water.
He told the Guardian:
“My ski just kind of lifted off the water and then next thing I knew I was in the air and I was in the water.
“I saw this figure just kind of fall back into the water, and it was a big shark.”
A spectator captured the damage to Drummond’s canoe in the video below:
Drummond was rescued by fellow competitors who were able to pull him out of the water until rescue crews arrived. The race was ultimately cancelled, but nobody, including Drummond, sustained any injuries.
Hand up, I have an irrational fear of sharks. In fact, I was the kid who was afraid to swim to the deep end of the swimming pool because I thought that a shark might be lurking in the depths of the crystal-clear chlorinated water…
Silly, I know, but I was just a dumb kid. Now, I’m a dumb adult, and I’m petrified that I’ll be the unlucky SOB that gets attacked by a great white shark.
Can you blame me after watching a video like the one above…?