Frantic 911 calls recount shark attack on Plymouth kayakers

A great white shark took a bite out of a kayaker’s boat Wednesday evening.
A great white shark took a bite out of a kayaker’s boat Wednesday evening.

While waiting in Cape Cod Bay for rescuers from the Plymouth harbormaster to arrive, one of the two kayakers who was knocked into the water by a great white shark made frantic calls to 911, her voice rippling with fear.

“I was just on the boat with somebody. We are stuck on the boat,’’ the woman told an emergency dispatcher. “And there is a shark!”

The dispatcher asked her if she knew where the shark was.


“I don’t know. He bumped me out of my boat,’’ the woman replied.

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The dispatcher asked if she saw whether she was hit by a shark or not.

“It was a [expletive] great white,’’ the woman said.

The woman repeatedly asked when help would arrive.

“We are on the way,’’ the dispatcher said calmly.


“We are really scared,’’ the woman said. “How long is it going to take?”

Listen to the 911 call

At about that time, another kayaker paddled out to the two women, who were floating near their kayaks. The kayaker, who called 911 separately, appeared to be unaware that the two women had survived a shark attack on their boats.

He urged them to stay with their boats and told the dispatcher that they seemed unharmed and were safe.

The woman, though, can be heard begging him to let them get onto his kayak. The woman’s voice regained a tinge of fear as she started to drift away from her friend and the rescuer.

“Can you come closer? Can you get us together, please, sir? She’s floating away! Please, I am floating away. Please. Please. I’m scared. I’m really [expletive] scared,’’ the woman said.


Later, she said, “Can we just get into your boat, though?’’