Friday, February 16, 2007

Drunk Aussie attacks shark

Sydney - An Australian man attacked a shark with his bare hands after drinking copious amounts of vodka and deciding to turn the tables on one of nature's deadliest predators, it was reported on Friday.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Phillip Kerkhof was the talk of his hometown at Louth Bay in South Australia after wrestling the bronze whaler shark from shallow water onto the local jetty.

Kerkhof became annoyed when the shark began chasing his squid lures and said he climbed down a ladder into the water and silently stalked the 1.3m predator.

"I just snuck up behind him and eventually I went for the big grab and I fluked it and got him," he said.

"He's just thrashing around in the water but then he was starting to turn around and try to bite me and I thought 'well, it's amazing what vodka does'."

Kerkhof emerged from the fray unscathed, although his jeans were ripped by the shark's razor-sharp teeth.

"It's not something I'd recommend to do. When I sobered up I thought about it and I said, 'I'm a bit of an idiot doing it'," he said.

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