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Teenage boy inches from death as 12ft great white shark shoots through air in near-miss attack

A TEENAGER narrowly escaped the jaws of death when a 12-foot great white shark ‘slammed’ through the air at him.

Vaughan “Willow” Wilson, 52, was surfing with his boyfriend and his pal’s 14-year-old son when the beast surprised them.

The 12-foot beast came inches from the unsuspecting teenager while surfing

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The 12-foot beast came inches from the unsuspecting teenager while surfingCredit: Barcroft Media
The trio encountered the shark near Matakana Island in New Zealand

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The trio encountered the shark near Matakana Island in New ZealandPhoto credit: Getty

The trio of experienced surfers were enjoying the waves off the coast of Matakana Island in New Zealand as the giant shark circled them.

Willow explained, “We surf two or three times a week.

“We’ve surfed this spot together a thousand times and never thought about big whites.”

The creature was “looking for a kill,” according to Willow, and began stalking the boy as he surfed a wave.

He told the local news agency stuff: “It was wild, with jaws wide open, definitely in hunting mode. It was a 12 foot monster looking for a kill.

“He shot out of the water until his whole body was completely in the air, about half a meter above the ocean, like he was flying.

“I screamed ‘Hai, Hai’ at the top of my lungs, but the waves were so big and there was so much white water that no one could hear me, even though I’ve been known to be pretty damn loud.

“It was both scary and breathtaking – flying through air bathed in sunlight.

“I knew right away that it was a great white from its white belly and the enormous size and shape of its pectoral fins and tail. I know sharks well.”

After desperately trying unsuccessfully to alert the 14-year-old to the predator that lurked beneath the surface, Willow watched helplessly as the teen came within inches of death.

He explained: “It was like chasing and following its prey.

“It raced in front of him and did a U-turn in the hole – the deeper part of the channel that makes for good waves – and then exploded out of the hole to try and pin the boy.

“But it was wrong, because just before the boy got off his board, he made a sharp turn.

“This decision to turn saved his life because it meant the shark’s jaws missed him.”

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Although the great white soared through the air to secure his prey, he missed his youthful target.

Willow continued, “It splashed back into the water near his right shoulder and missed him.

“He had jumped off his board, waist deep in the water and completely unaware. The shark disappeared back under the water and I couldn’t see where it was – I was scared.”

The 52-year-old praised his friend’s son’s “calm” reaction and said he simply pulled himself back onto his board and paddled back to shore.

“When I told them how close he was to the shark taking his arm or his life, my friend was shocked, as was I,” Willow added.

“It was scary. I had tremors. But the kid was cool – all he kept saying was ‘oh wow’.”

There have only been 12 deaths since the mid-19th century Shark Attacks in New Zealand.

Great whites are known to grace the waters surrounding the island country year-round.

Kaelah Marlow, 19, was beaten to death by one of the beasts while swimming in New Zealand in January last year.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17857404/teen-great-white-shark-near-miss-attack/ Teenage boy inches from death as 12ft great white shark shoots through air in near-miss attack

Bobby Allyn

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