I was mauled by TWO great white sharks at once in world’s only double attack – they tried to rip my head off


A SURFER has advised of what’s was like to be attacked by two great white sharks at once the world’s only double attack.

Shannon Ainslie was only a teenger when he was attacked by two 13ft beasts – one going for his head as they different lunged for his torso.

And with 90 others being killed in South Africa’s lethal waters – the younger surfer’s escape has turn into folklore on the Eastern Cape.

The horrifying incident continues to be the only double shark attack on a human ever recorded.

Shannon vividly remembers what it was like when each of the terrifying predators that rushed him.

“It happened so quickly,” the 38-year-old surf teacher advised The Sun Online.

“I couldn’t feel any pain, I didn’t have any fear – I thought I was dreaming.”

The feeding frenzy happened at Nahoon Reef – an idyllic surf break with a gory repute.

It was the center of winter, amid the annual sardine run when giant colleges of fish make their means from Durban to Cape Town.

The chance of a great white chasing these bait balls could be very excessive.

But with 15 surfers braving the East London native break, Shannon and his mates couldn’t resist.

An hour-and-a-half later, the teen was charged by two great white sharks.

He advised The Sun Online: “All I can bear in mind was being thrown into the air after which my hand and board have been crunched in the shark’s jaw.

“Then it dragged me underwater.”

I appeared down and half my hand was hanging on by a thread

Shannon Ainslie

Shocking footage confirmed the second he was taken and pulled down into the depths.

At the identical time, the opposite monster propelled by the water and took a swipe at his head.

It missed but it surely additionally startled the opposite beast.

He mentioned: “The first shark misplaced its grip on me and let go.

“It just stared at me, face to face with one black eye traced on me with it jaws wide open.”

Shannon resurfaced along with his board in a pool of blood.

He mentioned: “I broke the floor and appeared round and everybody was paddling for his or her lives and I couldn’t work out why.

“I appeared down and half my hand was hanging on by a thread.

“At that point, I knew it wasn’t a dream and the panic set it.”

Shannon was roughly 300ft from the shore and he only had one possibility.

But with a lull in waves, a psychological thriller slowly performed out in his head.

As is frequent with most shark attack survivors, they settle for being completed off.

He mentioned: “I began to cry.

“My physique went weak, ineffective, I was anticipating to be eaten.

“I could only pray.”

Out of the blue a wave lastly arrived and he rode it on his stomach so far as he might.

He furiously paddled the remaining – feeling the chilly water dashing by his open wounds to his bones, tendons and joints.

Footage confirmed the second he was met by his brother and pals who used his leg rope to tourniquet his arm.

They rushed him to hospital and Shannon miraculously survived.

This July will mark the twenty third anniversary since his close to dying expertise.

And regardless of the trauma, the incident only fuelled his ardour for browsing.

Shannon finally moved to the well-known Jeffrey’s Bay the place he studied the water sport like an artwork so he might go it on to others.

He travelled the world teaching browsing and now bases himself in Norway the place the Arctic water is just too chilly for many sharks.

He mentioned: “It has been a great expertise as a result of it has modified my life.

“I turned grateful and I realised I want to attempt profit from it.

“You do it to give other people opportunity and to make the world a better place.”

Shannon mentioned he has no animosity in direction of the sharks that tried to kill him.

He mentioned: “I have nothing against predators – it’s their home and hopefully we can all share it.”

If you need to study extra, Shannon launched his biography in 2022 known as Child of the Wild Coast: The story of Shannon Ainslie, twin great white shark attack survivor.


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