POSTED: 4:54 a.m. HST, May 15, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 10:44 a.m. HST, May 15, 2012
CAMBRIA, Calif. >> A shark believed to be a 14-foot great white has slammed into a kayak, tossing a California central coast fisherman in the chilly Pacific Ocean in front of his astonished friends.
The San Luis Obispo County Tribune says no one was hurt during the Saturday afternoon encounter off Cambria. Shark warning signs have been posted on Moonstone Beach.
Joey Nocchi says he got back on his kayak, which was leaking with a 22-inch bite out of it, and quickly paddled to shore with his kayaking friends James Byon and Matt Kerschke trailing close behind.
The trio had been fishing for rock fish and halibut.
The 30-year-old Nocchi says the shark hit his kayak from underneath and threw him five feet into the air.