Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


WATCH: US Coast Guard Shoots at Shark Preying on Swimmers

A real-life JAWS moment was narrowly missed by these swimmers.

US Coast Guard Cutter Kimball / Daily Mail Online

A dangerous predator, and lots of gunfire – the keys to a relaxing swim.

It looks like America’s infamous Shark Week was extended until last Wednesday for these unlucky people. Luckily, none of the 40 swimmers, or the inflatable unicorn, were harmed.

The crew members of US Coast Guard Cutter Kimball were enjoying a well-earned break in the Pacific Ocean when they were approached by the predator, which witnesses say was anywhere from six to eight feet long. 

The creature, that was identified as either a Long-Fin Mako or Pelagic Thresher shark, was seen making a sharp turn towards the crew members, and the video shows how closely they managed to avoid a potentially life-threatening encounter. The shots fired by the shark watch, or ME1 Clintron, may not have hit the animal – but they bought the swimmers enough time to climb out of the water and onto the deck, safely out of reach.

Tempting Fate

There was one tiny injury, though – one of the crew members grazed his knee whilst climbing back on board the ship – and the scratch was in the middle of a tattoo picturing an open set of shark’s teeth. If that’s not a sign from the universe that this guy got incredibly lucky, then we don’t know what is.

The crew can’t disclose exactly where the ship was for national security reasons, but in a post on the US Coast Guard Cutter Kimball Facebook page, they said that they were “a zillion miles from land”. The post also confirmed that everyone got away unscathed, “including the shark.” It added that “a few of its buddies later showed up and they swam off together.”

“It wasn’t the panic of the 4th of July scene from JAWS, but once everyone realised what was happening, they moved with a purpose!” the post said. They believe that the crew will be “retelling the story for years.”

In another post, the Coast Guard celebrated an invitation to Good Morning America for the hero of the hour, Clintron.

What happened when a shark crashed our swim call… You can also catch ME1 Cintron, our shark watch who fired the shots…

Posted by U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kimball on Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Written By

You May Also Like


Stranded in the middle of a dark, grassy patch of land where there’s no one else but you and your killer, your fate is...


J.R. lives in Hell's Kitchen area, located in Manhattan.


What is clowncore and why are Gen Z so compelled by this aesthetic?


Who knows, maybe you’ll be the next person to figure out this rather strange phenomenon?


Adam Lockwood climbs the UK's tallest building.


Could they predict something that's not disastrous for once?!


Even after 30+ years, The Simpsons keeps surprising us.


Well, it certainly ended up being a memorable moment for the couple...


It's not everyday your OnlyFans creator brother pays off your student loans.


With over five million views and almost 200,000 likes, people are hypnotized by the sequences of events captured in it.