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A fisherman has lived to tell the tale of how he ended up with a great white shark in the bottom of his boat. Terry Selwood, 73, was fishing offshore at Evans Head on the New South Wales north coast when the shark launched itself into his boat.

“I caught a blur of something coming over the boat … and the pectoral fin of the shark hit me on the forearm and knocked me down on the ground to my hands and knees,” Mr Selwood said. “He came right over the top of the motor and then dropped onto the floor.” “He was 2.7 metres long and about 200 kilos.” The boat measured 1.4 metres across and 4.5 metres long — a tight squeeze for a man and a shark.

“There I was on all fours and he’s looking at me and I’m looking at him and then he started to do the dance around and shake and I couldn’t get out quick enough onto the gunnel,” Mr Selwood said.

“I was using two little bits of blue pilchard to fish for snapper on the bottom of the ocean, but that line was straight under the boat, not out the back where he came from. For some unknown reason he just launched himself out of the water and he must have come up four feet out of the water to clear my outboard motor and drop straight in the boat.” For such a close brush with a shark, Mr Selwood came off relatively lightly.

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