PLYMOUTH (CBS) – “It was a (expletive) great white!”
That was the message to a 911 operator from one of the two kayakers who were attacked by a shark off of Plymouth Wednesday.
The chilling and frantic call was released by police a day after Ida Parker and Kristin Orr were kayaking off Manomet Point when a great white shark sunk it’s teeth into one of their boats.
They weren’t hurt, but the shark left an 18-inch bite mark on one of the kayaks.
Plymouth Long Beach, White Horse Beach, and beaches along Stephen’s Field and Nelson Park were closed to swimmers Thursday as a precaution.
Parker and Orr were taking a trip out to see the seals just offshore Wedensday and they weren’t worried about recent shark sightings in the area.
Then they were knocked into the water.
“Help, help, I was just on a boat with somebody, we’re stuck in the water and there’s a shark,” one of the women said to the 911 operator.
The operator then asked her if they were back in their kayaks.
“It’s sinking and my friend’s hanging onto hers, she’s upside down in hers,” she said in a hurried voice.
“Ma’am, where is the shark?” the operator asked.
“I don’t know, he bumped me out of my boat,” she said.
The operator then tried to get more information.
“So something knocked you out of your boat. Did you see if it was a shark or not?” he said.
The woman then thought she saw a seal in the water during the call.
“It was a seal?” the operator asks.
“No, no, there’s something in the water. It was a (expletive) great white!”
Harbormaster Chad Hunter and firefighters arrived minutes later and pulled the women out of the water.
John Chisholm of the state Division of Marine Fisheries examined the bite mark on the boat and confirmed it to be from a great white shark.
Listen to the 911 call: