Man knocked out of kayak by 4m tiger shark in SE Qld

A kayaker has had a terrifying encounter with a massive tiger shark at a Sunshine Coast beach this morning.

It’s understood the man, aged in his 30s, was fishing in waters at Kings Beach when he was knocked out of his kayak and into the ocean by the four-metre shark around 6.30am.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said the man managed to jump back into his kayak and radio for help after the frightening near-miss.


“An experienced kayaker, the man had a radio device on him and he was able to call for help immediately,” QAS said.

A fellow kayaker heard the man’s calls of distress and quickly paddled to his aid before Surf Life Savers arrived on jet skis.

Paramedics said both men were physically uninjured, but were treated on scene for symptoms of shock before heading home.

The incredibly close encounter comes just over a week after Melbourne doctor Daniel Christidis was fatally attacked by a shark while paddle-boarding with friends at Cid Harbour in Queensland’s Whitsundays.


Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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