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Pilot calls lifeguards to rescue spear fisherman from a SHARK on Bondi Beach

Pilot calls lifeguards to rescue spear fisherman from a SHARK after his drone films the man fending off the circling predator at Bondi Beach

  • Matt Woods, 36, caught the terrifying moment on his drone in Bondi Beach 
  • Footage shows the  fisherman prodding the shark with his spear to keep it away
  • Mr Woods was able to call lifeguards to rescue the fisherman from the mako  


This is the terrifying moment a spear fisherman was forced to fend off an angry shark as it circled him before a quick-thinking drone pilot called lifeguards to rescue him. 

Matt Woods, 36, sent his drone camera out while sitting on his balcony in Bondi Beach on Sunday at about 4pm. 

But project manager Mr Woods was left horrified as his aerial footage revealed the predator lunging towards a swimmer. 

Matt Woods, 36, sent his drone camera out while sitting on his balcony in Bondi Beach on Sunday at about 4pm. But project manager Mr Woods was left horrified as he saw footage of the predator lunging towards a nearby swimmer

The swimmer is seen prodding at the animal with his spear gun just to keep him slightly away from him

The swimmer is seen prodding at the animal with his spear gun just to keep him slightly away from him

The swimmer is seen prodding at the animal with his spear gun just to keep him at bay in the ocean off the famous Sydney beach.   

While he rang to alert the lifeguard of the situation, Mr Woods watched on as the creature – believed to be a mako shark – continued to bite at the diver’s orange float attached to him for almost half an hour.

He said: ‘I spotted the shark straight away as there was a big bait ball of fish and as I got closer I could see it was also circling the diver in the water.

‘The diver was fending the shark off and poking it with his spear gun. 

‘The shark then went after his float that is attached to the diver. He was charging it and trying to bite it, thrashing it about.

While he rang to alert the lifeguard of the situation, Mr Woods watched as the creature - believed to be a mako shark - continued to bite at the diver's orange float attached to him for almost half an hour

While he rang to alert the lifeguard of the situation, Mr Woods watched as the creature – believed to be a mako shark – continued to bite at the diver’s orange float attached to him for almost half an hour

Drone pilot Matt Woods alerted lifeguards

Drone pilot Matt Woods alerted lifeguards

‘I was pretty concerned for the diver as the shark looked angry. The whole event lasted about 30 minutes until the shark was cleared out to sea by the lifeguard jet ski.

‘I’ve never seen anything like it before, only whales. I always seem to miss sharks. We know there are sharks here all the time but nothing like this.

‘I felt as if we helped as best we could. We got on the phone to the lifeguards straight away on my girlfriend’s phone while I stayed over the shark on my drone the whole time so we could guide them in.

‘I was pretty happy once the lifeguard came out and I could see the diver had managed to scramble onto the rocks and reef.

‘First they cleared the water of surfers and swimmers. I went looking for the diver after trying to try and meet him but couldn’t find him.’

While there have only been nine recorded attacks on humans by mako sharks since 1580, they are sometimes attracted to spear fishermen if they are carrying dead fish.  

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