Teenager Sarah Williams narrowly escapes shark encounter at Normanville

Teenager Sarah Williams narrowly escapes shark encounter at Normanville

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“The shark was still thrashing about after we got Sarah out and followed us around so I screamed to Adrienne (his wife who was also kayaking nearby) to get back to the beach,” he said.

Chris said if the rescue had taken just a second longer, Sarah could have died.

“We still can’t believe we got her out, that’s how close it was…we had a window of 10 seconds to stop her from losing her legs or being killed,” he said.

He said his family would never take their kayaks into the sea again.

“I don’t want anyone to endure what we went through, or what Sarah went through…who knows how long this will psychologically affect her for,” he said.

“This incident will have a lasting effect on our family and our friends.”

While he did not condone culling sharks, Chris questioned how the authorities could allow a shark to “menace the population”.

“It really scared me how big and aggressive the shark was…it will probably kill someone before anything is done about it,” he said.

“Anyone who protects these aggressive sharks has never had to pull their child from a scenario that could have killed them.”

He said he was concerned about what the incident would do to tourism at Normanville and the entire Fleurieu Peninsula.

“What does something like this do for Normanville, there’s no one in the water there today,” he said.

“And now the Victor council want a Tuna Pen… how ridiculous.”

His message for the public was to be more careful entering local waters.

“We couldn’t have been more provoked…I think this is a rogue shark and it’s very dangerous,” he said.

Sarah said she would not rule out getting back into the water in the future, but would steer clear for some time.

Victor Harbor Times