Kayaker says he survived great white shark attack

Kayaker says he survived great white shark attack

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A Great White Shark is attracted by a lure on the 'Shark Lady Adventure Tour' on October 19, 2009 in Gansbaai, South Africa.The waters off Gansbaai are the best place in the world to see Great White Sharks, due to the abundance of prey such as seals and penguins which live and breed on Dyer Island, which lies 8km from the mainland. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Posted on May 15, 2012 at 1:14 PM

(CBS/AP) CAMBRIA, Calif. - A kayaker says he was attacked by a 14-foot-long great white shark as he and his friends fished off the coast of Central California and that he escaped any injuries.

The San Luis Obispo County Tribune reports that Joey Nocchi believes a shark took a giant bite — about 22 inches wide — of his kayak on Saturday afternoon, off the coast of Cambria.

Nocchi says the shark slammed into him from under and that his friends watched as it launched him "out of the water 4 to 5 feet." His friends told him the shark's jaws were open.

The 30-year-old says he got back on his leaking kayak and quickly paddled to shore with them.

He says he will probably stay out of the ocean for a while.

"I'll be bass fishing for a while, probably from the shore," he told the newspaper.

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