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Footage Shows Moment Shark Drags Fisherman Overboard And Capsizes Boat

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Footage Shows Moment Shark Drags Fisherman Overboard And Capsizes Boat

Terrifying footage shows the moment a shark dragged a fisherman overboard and capsized his boat in waters off the Irish coast. Watch below:

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Graham Smith reckons he lost more than £400 worth of equipment after his kayak was overturned as he battled a 'very clever' porbeagle, a species of mackerel shark.

Smith, 43, said: "I go fishing for shark a couple of times a year off Donegal in Ireland.

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"On that particular day, it was calm inside the headland but once you got outside it was rough.

"The porbeagle is a very clever shark. They're notoriously difficult. About 15 to 20 minutes I'd been fighting him."

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He continued: "Towards the end of the fight, he took me out where it was very bad.

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"Some lads that I know were there so I gave them a shout and said, 'Can you give me a quick tow out of this rough stuff? Then I can get the shark up and let him go.'

"But the shark caused a swell before we were ready and it just flipped the kayak."

The footage shows shark pursuing Smith's bait underwater - baring its teeth as it gives chase.

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Above the surface, Smith can be seen desperately yanking his fishing rod for control, while the shark drags the line behind him and over his shoulder.

Smith is then towed towards the shore as the shark drags his rod into the side of the boat, in turn tilting the kayak over until it drops underwater.

To make things even worse, an unsecured kit box then spills its contents into the ocean - with Smith saying a GoFish camera, a GoPro and his Huawei P30 mobile phone were among the items that were either lost or destroyed.

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He said: "Including the phone, it'll be €500 (£430) I lost.

"Thankfully, most of the electronics are all tied on and waterproof.

"It's only happened twice now in 13 or 14 years of kayak fishing. Another 15 minutes and I'd have had him up and let him go.

"It's one of those things, unfortunately."

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Smith, who is from Moville in County Donegal, was thankfully able to flip his boat back over with the help of the crew who were towing him.

But it's clear that the shark had won this time, with Smith adding: "I cut the line.

"I had to go home, I had to go to work."

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Topics: News, Animals, shark

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