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Coast Guard Opens Fire On Eight-Foot Shark As It Heads For Crew

Coast Guard Opens Fire On Eight-Foot Shark As It Heads For Crew

A US Coast Guard officer had to shoot an eight-foot shark after it was spotted heading for dozens of crew members enjoying a swim.

Cutter Kimball's crew had not seen land in weeks and decided to take a well-earned break with a dip in the ocean.

But things quickly took a turn for the worse when a large shark was seen in the area, heading towards the 30-40 people splashing about in the water.

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Fortunately, the team had positioned a safety boat 50 yards away from the ship with an armed 'shark watch' on the main deck to keep an eye out for any danger.

The shark was spotted heading towards the crew. Credit: US Coast Guard
The shark was spotted heading towards the crew. Credit: US Coast Guard

After several blasts from the sharp shooter's rifle, the persistent predator scurried away, giving the crew in the water the time to get to safety.

The bizarre story was shared by the Coast Guard on its Facebook page.

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The post reads: "As if right out of a Hollywood movie, a 6-8 foot shark (no exaggeration) surfaced at the Rescue Door and was swimming toward 30-40 people in the water about 30 feet away. Everyone on the Flight Deck had a bird's eye view.

One of the officers opened fire to keep the shark away. Credit: US Coast Guard
One of the officers opened fire to keep the shark away. Credit: US Coast Guard

"A review of video shot by a crew member reveals it was likely a Long-Fin Mako or Pelagic Thresher Shark - not something to mess with!

"ME1 Cintron, our shark watch, was on the Flight Deck and immediately locked on target...literally! 

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"Our animal-lover Chief who wants to save every animal she finds yelled, 'Shoot it!'

"ME1 Cintron fired a well-aimed burst right at/on top of the shark to protect shipmates just feet away. It turned away for a few seconds then turned back.

Some managed to pile onto a small safety vessel. Credit: US Coast Guard
Some managed to pile onto a small safety vessel. Credit: US Coast Guard

"The shark would wave off with each burst but kept coming back toward our shipmates."

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Luckily, everyone made it back safely onto the ship and the shark is not believed to have been injured.

In fact, the only injury was a scrape on the knee of a crew member trying to get back on board the ship.

And you won't believe where the wound was.

"The only injury was a small scrape OS3 Berk suffered while climbing aboard. Our hyper vigilant HSC didn't even deem it worth a band aid," the officer added.

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"But where was it located you ask? On his knee....in the centre of a tattoo. What tattoo, you ask? An open set of shark's teeth. Seriously, you can't make this up!"

The only injury was to one man's shark tattoo. Credit: US Coast Guard
The only injury was to one man's shark tattoo. Credit: US Coast Guard

Now, after such a close call, you'd think they'd be in a state of shock and would most likely want to take their minds off it all. Not these lads.

The post concludes: "The crew's top requests for movies on the Flight Deck that night were Jaws followed by Sharknado (seriously).

"The shark is definitely making the Patrol t-shirt."

Featured Image Credit: US Coast Guard

Topics: US News, Weird, Animals, shark

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]