Sunshine Coast man's kayak bitten in half by shark

A SUNSHINE Coast man has narrowly escaped the jaws of a shark with the Water Police saving him in a dramatic rescue using incoming passenger planes. 

The 39-year-old man was paddling towards Mud Island, in Moreton Bay, in a group of nine people when his kayak was attacked and began to sink around eight kilometres east of Woody Point.

Water Police responded to the man's Triple 0 call and were able to track his location by using incoming aircraft to Brisbane Airport.

A 39-year-old Coast man is lucky to be alive after his kayak was attacked by a shark.
A 39-year-old Coast man is lucky to be alive after his kayak was attacked by a shark.

The man was rescued by water police just before 4pm and his damaged (formally) 6.5 metre kayak was also recovered from the water, sporting a large hole from where the shark had bitten into it.

The man from Maroochydore was returned to his vehicle at Bulimba Point uninjured although quite shaken and glad to be out of the water.

Sergeant Gordon Thiry from Brisbane Water Police said it was very fortunate they were able to find the man in time.

"We would encourage anyone heading out on the water to always wear a life jacket, carry an EPIRB and make sure you let someone else know where you're travelling to and how long it will take," he said.

*Release from Police Media



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