A 15-year-old girl in Australia was thrown off her kayak by a 15-foot shark which then hunted her in “spine-chilling” scenes likened to those in Jaws.
Sarah Williams was tossed into the air when a shark hit her kayak while paddling alongside her family in the state of South Australia. As the predator repeatedly circled and hit the kayak, she was hauled onto a boat by her brother, who lifted her over the deadly great white shark.
The teenager escaped with minor injuries, saying the attack was "everything you picture in the Jaws movie".
"I saw it when I was in the water with it,” she told Channel Nine. “I saw what it was and I saw its fin.”
Chris Williams, her father, said the shark was “ferocious” and should be hunted and killed.
It was going to eat her... The difference between my daughter being alive and not being with me today is 10 seconds
"Sarah — she had been thrown into the air and just come down into the water, and this shark has just rolled and all I saw was the dark side and the white belly and just huge fins and just white water everywhere,” he told ABC Radio.
"It was going to eat her... The difference between my daughter being alive and not being with me today is 10 seconds. It's something I don't ever want to experience again.”
He added: “To hear the spine- chilling screams from your daughter is just indescribable."
Adrienne Clarke, the teenager’s mother, said the shark continued to attack the family’s small motor boat after Sarah was pulled into it.
"The shark then followed the kayak while it was roped to our motorised boat for about ten minutes trying to come back at it, but eventually gave up,” she told ABC News.
“My son, who was in the motorised boat, said it was the same length as the kayak… The worst thing that has come of it is she has lost her phone and her sound system, and she's gone home with both of her legs."
Australia has had a growing number of shark attacks in recent years, including several fatalities.
The attack in South Australia prompted calls for a cull – a move resisted by the state government.
"The question of culls is a complex one," said Jay Weatherill, the state premier.
“It's difficult to create a system of culling which doesn't implicate other species such as turtles, dolphins and other marine animals.”
Surf Life Saving authorities urged the public to alert emergency services as soon as sharks are sighted and to do so before posting images on social media.