Pilot Calls On Lifeguards To Save Spear Fisherman From A SHARK On Bondi Beach

Pilot summons lifeguards to rescue spearfisher from a SHARK after his drone films the man fending off the circling predator on Bondi Beach

  • Matt Woods, 36, caught the terrifying moment on his drone in Bondi Beach
  • Footage shows the fisherman poking the shark with his spear to keep it away
  • Mr Woods was able to call lifeguards to rescue the fisherman from the mako ma

This is the terrifying moment when a spearfisher was forced to fend off an angry shark as it circled around him before a quick-thinking drone pilot called out lifeguards to rescue him.

Matt Woods, 36, sent in his drone camera at about 4 p.m. Sunday as he sat on his balcony in Bondi Beach.

But project manager Mr. Woods was shocked when his aerial footage revealed the predator leaping toward a swimmer.

Matt Woods, 36, sent in his drone camera at about 4 p.m. Sunday as he sat on his balcony in Bondi Beach. But project manager Mr. Woods was shocked to see footage of the predator lunging at a nearby swimmer

The swimmer is seen poking the animal with his harpoon gun to keep him a little away from him

The swimmer is seen poking the animal with his harpoon gun to keep him a little away from him

The swimmer is seen poking the animal with his speargun to keep him at bay in the ocean off Sydney’s famous beach.

While calling to notify the lifeguard of the situation, Mr. Woods watched as the creature—presumably a shortfin mako shark—continued to bite the diver’s orange float attached to him for nearly half an hour.

He said: ‘I saw the shark right away because there was a big ball of fish and as I got closer I could see that it was also circling the diver in the water.

“The diver repelled the shark and prodded it with his speargun.

“The shark then went after its float attached to the diver. He charged it and tried to bite it, fling it around.

While calling to notify the lifeguard of the situation, Mr. Woods watched as the creature—presumably a shortfin mako shark—continued to bite the diver's orange float attached to him for nearly half an hour.

While calling to notify the lifeguard of the situation, Mr. Woods watched as the creature—presumably a shortfin mako shark—continued to bite the diver’s orange float attached to him for nearly half an hour.

Drone pilot Matt Woods warned lifeguards

Drone pilot Matt Woods warned lifeguards

“I was quite concerned about the diver when the shark looked angry. The entire event lasted about 30 minutes until the shark was cleared into the sea by the lifeguard jet ski.

“I’ve never seen anything like it, only whales. I always seem to miss sharks. We know there are always sharks here, but not something like this.

“I had the feeling that we were helping as best we could. We immediately called the lifeguards on my girlfriend’s phone while I stayed over the shark on my drone the entire time so we could lead them inside.

“I was quite happy when the lifeguard came out and I could see that the diver had managed to scramble up the rocks and the reef.

‘First they purified the water from surfers and swimmers. I went looking for the diver after trying to meet him, but couldn’t find him.’

Although only nine attacks on humans by shortfin mako sharks have been recorded since 1580, they are sometimes attracted to spearfishers when carrying dead fish.

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