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Muddler

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Age : 61
Location : Pretoria, South Africa
Registration date : 2008-05-22

PostSubject: A Close Call   Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:22 am

Yesterday my son went fishing off the east coast with a friend on his jet ski. They picked up a nice king mackerel & a smallish (20lb) wahoo on lures. While fighting the wahoo, my son's mate (Ray) switched off the jet ski. After bringing the fish in he found it would not start! After fiddling with wires etc. they found the battery to be dead. Realising that no other boats were in sight, they fired off several flares - but to no avail. They also realised they'd left their mobile phones in the truck. The jet ski has no radio, so they could not call for help. Thankfully, an onshore wind was blowing (it changed to offshore later in the afternoon!) & they were slowing drifting toward land.

Then a very big tiger shark (twice the length of the jet ski - about 15') appeared from nowhere & began circling & swimming under the ski. They threw the king mackerel in & the fish disappeared, only to return after 10 minutes. They then threw the wahoo in & the shark disappeared, At this stage they were in the shore break - about 300 yards off shore & the jet ski capsized. They held on, expecting another visit from the shark. Thankfully that never happened & thankfully again they came aground unscathed on beach (The area was rocky in places). Ray walked 8 miles up the beach to retrieve the truck.

A very close call indeed!
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jhuggett
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Location : Olympia, WA
Registration date : 2007-12-09

PostSubject: Re: A Close Call   Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:31 am

Gives me chills just thinking about it. The sharks down your way don't play around.

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Frost

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Age : 39
Location : Somewhere near Philly, PA
Registration date : 2009-12-31

PostSubject: Re: A Close Call   Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:53 am

Wow. I probably would have peed myself. I wonder if that would serve to repel the shark or attract it more? Hmm....
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Vercer



Age : 42
Location : Kernersville, NC
Registration date : 2010-09-26

PostSubject: Re: A Close Call   Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:17 pm

Wow! As an ex-surfer myself there's nothing that will scare me more than a fin in the water. Two very lucky guys there!
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bluedigital

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Age : 47
Location : Cape Town, South Africa
Registration date : 2010-09-07

PostSubject: Re: A Close Call   Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:18 pm

Thank goodness the boys are ok Mudd, Tigers don't mess around and it seems this one was particularly interested in what was on the Jetski, be it fish or human. Mandy, my wife, has had an ordeal at Sodwana with a great white circling her while scuba diving, frightning stuff to say the least. Just glad they are ok my man! Smile
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bruins

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Location : the heartland
Registration date : 2010-08-25

PostSubject: Re: A Close Call   Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:44 pm

holy crap! and i worry about my daughter going to the mall. very glad all is well. give him a hug and buy them boys a big ass boat with a 50mm gun mounted on it!
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LL

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Location : KCMO
Registration date : 2007-12-29

PostSubject: Re: A Close Call   Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:15 pm

Doing stupid and/or risky stuff, having it go wrong, shitting your pants, and then escaping by luck is common enough that a special word was coined to describe it:

Adventure.

Laughing

They're set for beer at the pub for a long time, I'd think.
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Nitschke066

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Age : 38
Location : Fort Wayne, IN
Registration date : 2010-04-27

PostSubject: Re: A Close Call   Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:32 pm

I believe I would have shat!
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Slow Puffs
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Age : 68
Location : Alberta. Canada
Registration date : 2007-12-10

PostSubject: Re: A Close Call   Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:56 pm

Shocked Glad they are safe.
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Justpipes
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Location : Randolph County, NC If you don't know, you wouldn't understand.
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PostSubject: Re: A Close Call   Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:11 pm

Praise the Lord that they are safe Muddler! Sorry they had to give up their catch.
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DoverPipes

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Location : HUDSON VALLEY NY
Registration date : 2009-05-24

PostSubject: Re: A Close Call   Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:28 pm

Mud,
Glad to hear that they are both o.k.!
Can you fellas in RSA have bang sticks or WASP knives? scratch
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*camoham

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Location : Indiana
Registration date : 2010-07-24

PostSubject: Re: A Close Call   Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:38 pm

glad theyre okay.

spooky indeed. i cant imagine being circled by a shark!

camo
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Falconer

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Age : 66
Location : this side of Wichita
Registration date : 2010-06-12

PostSubject: Re: A Close Call   Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:46 pm

Wow Mud! Holy Mother McCree! What a story to tell their grandchildren one day! Glad they made it out unscathed. I'd call that afreak'n African ordeal!
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LL

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PostSubject: Re: A Close Call   Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:50 pm

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Registration date : 2009-09-09

PostSubject: Re: A Close Call   Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:07 pm

I've never seen the ocean in person before, and to be honest I'm a bit spooked by the thought of sharks.. glad to hear they're ok!
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Location : this side of Wichita
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PostSubject: Re: A Close Call   Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:58 pm

happypipester wrote:
I've never seen the ocean in person before, and to be honest I'm a bit spooked by the thought of sharks.. glad to hear they're ok!

HP are you a Flatlander?
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Hermit

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Location : Ascension Parish
Registration date : 2008-04-22

PostSubject: Re: A Close Call   Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:25 am

I've seen plenty of sharks while diving.
Thankfully, no Tigers, although Bull sharks worry
me almost as much. Sharks don't really bother me
unless I have bloody fish hanging off of me. Shocked
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LAEarl

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PostSubject: Re: A Close Call   Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:16 am

Scary stuff! <shudders> pale I am glad all is well now though. I think next time I would have a bigger boat pirat
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