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Kayaker tossed into water by shark

By Associated Press

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.

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1R1E wrote:
on May 15,2012 | 11:37AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
I hope Mr. Nocchi was in a lawful fishing area. There are numerous reserves along the length of California.
on May 15,2012 | 12:55PM
st1d wrote:
crunchy outside, creamy inside.
on May 15,2012 | 02:47PM
Holomua wrote:
He was just out there for the halibut.
on May 15,2012 | 04:01PM
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