SCARED – 22 May 2011 – Lyman Beach, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii – paddleboarder attacked
Alaina DeBina was paddle boarding with her 3-year-old grandson looking for turtles when a shark attacked the paddle board
knocking them into the water. Looking at the bite mark on the board experts reckon the shark was around 16-feet long. It was not identified in the report.
She thought she had collided with a turtle, but when she turned around in the water she was face-to-face with the shark.
She managed to hoist her grandson on to the board, climb on the board herself and paddle in. Neither of the two were injured.
She was quoted as saying:
nothing less than a miracle that both of us are fine through this whole thing. I mean, it could have been tragic.”
“It came up and took a taste of my board. It basically chomped on my board. Then it turned around and it was flashing its tail at me. That’s when I was screaming for my husband, ‘Shark, shark.’ I was petrified at that point.”
The incident took place on Sunday 22 May 2001 about 30 feet off Lyman Beach in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
No other details were reported.