Fish Drags Aussie Into Shark-infested Waters
SYDNEY, Jan 4, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 04th Jan, 2017 ) - A man has survived for hours in cold, shark-infested waters after being dragged out of his boat as he struggled to land a large fish in Australia, rescuers said Wednesday.
The man, believed to be in his 20s, was fishing alone Tuesday about 30 nautical miles off Western Australia when he hooked a marlin -- a game fish that can weigh more than 400 kilogrammes (881 Pounds).
It pulled him overboard after being hooked and his boat drifted away, leaving him treading water for six hours in the shark-infested area.
A fellow fisherman spotted the empty boat and alerted authorities.
The fisherman was treated for hypothermia. Ellis added that Tuesday's rescue highlighted the need for anglers to take proper safety precautions when fishing off Australia's west coast, with two lone fisherman lost to the seas near the same area last year.