Friends shaken by close shark encounter

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) – Two kayakers were thrown into the water after they found themselves face-to-face with a great white shark.

Around sunset on Wednesday, Ida Parker and Kristin Orr took their kayaks out on Manomet Point in Plymouth to go take photos of seals.

Without warning, a great white shark came out of the water and flipped both of the boats, sending the women into the water. Photos of one of the kayaks show a large bite mark from the attack.

The women waited in the water until the harbormaster arrived. Neither of them were injured.

Environmental police examined the kayak and determined that the attack was from a great white shark, between 14 and 16 feet long.

Just as quickly as the shark appeared, the women say it disappeared into the water.

“That was the scariest part thinking ‘Is it under us? Is it around us? Is it going to come back? What if I move? When is somebody going to get to me? Is anybody going to come save us?’ We just didn’t know anything,” Parker said. “We sat in the water for about 30 minutes and it was the scariest 30 minutes of my life.”

Just last week, swimmers at Duxbury Beach were ordered out of the water after a shark was spotted there.

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