PLYMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) -
Kayakers in Plymouth say they were scared to death when a great white shark attacked and knocked them into the water.
The two women were in ocean kayaks Wednesday afternoon about 110 yards off shore when they saw the fin of a shark. The next thing they knew the shark's teeth were just inches away from them.
“We were just talking and paddling. I look over to talk to her and it came completely out of the water and got the bottom of the boat and flipped her over and knocked my kayak completely over,” Ida Parker said. “I saw at least four feet of its head. Four feet of it came up out of the water.”
The harbormaster confirmed it was a great white shark that went after the girls and left teeth marks in their kayak.
“They think it was a sort of test bite or an investigative bite, they said the shark could have easily sheared that hull in half if it felt like it,” Plymouth Harbormaster Chad Hunter said.
“We were sitting in the water and she was sinking and I was flipped over holding onto the bottom of the kayak. It was petrifying waiting in that water for the harbormaster to come and not knowing if anybody would come get us,” Ida said.
A neighbor heard them screaming and rushed into the water after calling 911.
“They're with their boat, they're cold, they're scared, I'm in my kayak, I'm with them,” said Tom Davies, the man who helped rescue the girls told 911.
"I didn't know it was a shark and so as I pulled her in, she said 'he is going to come back. He's gonna get us. He's gonna get you,'" Davies, who said he would punch the shark in the nose if it came back, said of the rescue.
They were bobbing in the ocean unsure they would survive.
“The scariest part was sitting in the water thinking he was waiting, wondering where he was. You didn't know if he was under you or around you,” Ida said.
The State Police Air Wing tried chasing it down Wednesday but could not find it.
Neither of the girls were hurt in the attack but one was wearing a GoPro camera at the time of the attack, they say they hope it will be found so they can share the video of what happened.
State police took photos moments after the attack, showing that the shark had taken a huge chunk out of their kayak. Judging by those teeth marks, it's estimated to be around 12-14 feet long.
Officials are unsure if it's the same shark that was spotted off of Duxbury last month.