Kyle Cooper, a former Sharks Rugby Player, was fishing with his brother when they accidentally hooked a shark, they quickly worked to get it back in the ocean.
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – Kyle Cooper and his brother were fishing at the beach when they caught something bigger and scarier than they had intended. The guys were catching up while Kyle was on leave in South Africa.
Kyle is a former Sharks rugby player, now playing for an English side in the United Kingdom. He came home to visit family for a holiday. Kyle, his brother Keagan and father Shane set off for a day fishing at the beach.
After a good few hours catching up, Kyle’s line pulled and he started an intense battle with reeling in his catch. Once the catch was close enough to see, the three realised it was a Zambezi shark, also known as a bull shark. The men quickly jumped into action to release the shark from the hook and get it back into the ocean where it belonged.
This started its own battle as the shark was a whopping 2.1 metres and fought them as they tried to rescue it.
Battered by waves and constantly at threat of going under, or worse… becoming lunch, the men persevered to get the shark back into the deeper waters.
Shane, the men’s father, recorded the efforts in a now-viral video. The shark had been tired out during the reeling in and was struggling to swim off so the men stood sometimes head deep in waves waiting for it to regain its strength.
Eventually, the shark swam off and the guys were able to swim back to the beach.
Watch the hair-raising video below.