Angler who fought ‘monster shark’ in beach panic ‘never seen anything like it’
A local angler claims he battled with the "monster shark" that sparked a beach panic in Bournemouth, adding that he had "never seen anything like it".
Darron Tapper, 54, was fishing when he said the shark pulled his rod from his hands and nearly took him in with it, reports The Sun.
Although he did not see the cold-bloodied animal above the water Darren says the sheer power of the bite and the shadow beneath the surface makes him believe it was maybe a shark
Darren from Bournemouth said: "I was pulling a lure back into shore and something grabbed that, I almost turned over in my kayak.
"I spun around and saw a big shadow."
Darren decided to alert lifeguards at Boscombe beach, which sits next to the main Bournemouth beach, but two people had already raised concerns about a shark in the water.
RNLI lifeguards used a megaphone to advise people to get out of the water telling the public there was "large marine wildlife" spotted in the water.
Red flags were placed on the beach which normally warns bathers of high surf and/or strong currents.
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Two fearless lifeguards also went out on separate jet skis to scour the area but nothing of concern was found.
"If you saw how it took my rod and reel I didn't stand a chance. God knows what would have happened, I looked like a seal in my wetsuit," Darren added.
"In 13 years I have never ever experienced that, it is a bit of a thrill to think I escaped the clutches."
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