Drone footage of thrillseekers being towed next to Great Whites…
I used to love San Clemente. The people are warm, you can buy a world-class surfboard fresh out of the factory, the waves are often very good and, if you want to surf by yourself, why just stroll on down to Riviera and stalk yourself something empty.
Just as fabulous was the lack of any predatory sea life in this part of the Pacific Ocean.
Sharks? A faded memory.
As you know, that’s all changed with the recent migration to San Clemente and its surrounds of packs of Great White sharks.
Orange County junior lifeguards now practise their skills in eight-inches of water.
Sightings are so common I know one prominent surfer who hasn’t surfed there in six months, partly through injury partly because he ain’t thrilled by big fish.
Last Sunday, Barry Curtis, a keen pilot of drones, captured this footage of a boat driver towing pals on inflatable toys next to what is presumed to be a couple of juvenile Great Whites (I mean, aren’t they all these days?).
As reported by CBS-LA,
Curtis says the lifeguard ran to alert a supervisor and showed him what he filmed.
“He saw that and that’s when he got on his radio and said I’m gonna call the shore boat and tell them to leave the area,” Curtis said.
But there wasn’t time. Seconds later he says another lifeguard ran into the water with his paddle board to warn them.
“They had just towed by both of the ones I had been filming and they had no idea there were sharks in the water,” Curtis said.
In his drone footage you can see the lifeguard reach the boat and everyone pile into the dingy. Curtis’ camera system has GPS coordinates and records date, time and exact location showing the sharks were 900 feet away from the swimmers.
“They’ve done tests where they’re dragging stuff behind boats and Great Whites like the element of surprise and they come out of the water and go for towed devices,” Curtis says. “These people were towing three people behind the boat, my hope and prayer was that I wasn’t going to witness a tragedy.”