Surfer Stephen King has a lucky escape from shark attack

December 12th, 2011 - 10:27 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Sydney, Dec 12 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A surfer believes he is the “luckiest” person in the world after a shark missed him just barely. Stephen King of NSW was left with only minor scratches and a damaged surfboard after the ordeal.

When the animal came biting, it missed King and instead bit a chunk of the surfboard. The 50-year-old says the incident happened on Sunday during a surf session off Back Beach at Angourie, near Yamba. The incident happened at six o’clock in the morning.

Speaking to the local media, King explained that, “Just as I was taking off, just jumping up, there was just a bang from the side. I went cartwheeling through the air and then there was just thrashing beside me.”

Incredibly, King and his partner never realized that a chunk of the board has been bitten until they got to the shore. He was treated for the minor scratches that he suffered on his legs.

The National Parks and Wildlife have warned surfers and beach goers that they need to recognize that the territory is that of the sharks so they should be careful when they go near.

Warning signs have been erected at the beach to warn of the danger.

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