June 27, 2013
Shark Attacks Kayaker At Pacifica Beach

A kayaker off the coast of Pacifica State Beach was attacked by a great white shark on Tuesday afternoon.

According to CBS, Micah Flanaburg was fishing off the coast when his kayak was attacked by a shark.

Flanaburg said: "As I’m looking back, trying to figure out what the hell is going on, he came up straight underneath me…and the whole kayak was probably lifted out of the water ... And as it grabbed a hold of me, it started shaking the boat front to back. And it wouldn’t let go. I was pretty much helpless, just hanging on for dear life."

Flanaburg, who was not injured during the attack, said that the scariest moment of the incident occurred when the shark let go of the  kayak. Flanaburg said that he wasn't sure if the great white was going to come back and take another bite out of the kayak.

Flanaburg said: “Probably the scariest part was when it let go, ’cause it swam back around and I thought he was going to come and take another bite, right where my legs were."

Ross Webber, Flanaburg’s father-in-law, said that they were kayaking and fishing away from the swimmers at Pacifica Beach. Webber said that they were probably "100 to 200 yards" away from the shore when the shark attacked.

Pacifica police Capt. Joe Spanheimer told the SF Gate that signs would be posted about the attack to warn swimmers.

This is the second California shark attack reported in the last week. A young swimmer was recently attacked at Surfside Beach. The swimmer was injured in the attack but was able to fight off the shark with his bare hands.