Screams as shark makes beeline for group of 40 with huge inflatable unicorn

The US Coastguard opened fire at a huge shark after it was spotted heading straight for a group of servicemen and women who had jumped into the water during a work break.

The alarm was raised as around 40 people were messing around in the water with a giant inflatable unicorn.

Maritime Enforcement Specialist 1st Class Samuel Cintron was keeping an eye out when he saw the 8ft shark making a beeline for his colleagues.

In a post on the US Coast Guard Cutter Kimball Facebook page back in August 2020, the group quickly reassured people that everyone on board was safe.

It read: “After completing our operations for the day, there were no vessels around for miles, the weather was perfect, and we were a zillion miles from land.

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“We had not been off the ship for weeks, were at that point where every day feels like “Groundhog Day,” and were looking for something to break up the monotony.

“Answer: Swim Call! We had a fully vetted and tested plan we’ve used before, conducted safety briefs, established communications between the various stations, launched our small boat with extra crew and a dressed out swimmer and stationed it 50 yards off the ship, set an armed shark watch, opened and manned the Rescue Station, and put an accountability system in place.

“Everything was by the numbers. Everyone was having a great day. Everyone was smiling and having fun. It was perfect!

“And then… Bridge personnel reported “Shark!” over the radio.”

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The post described the scene as something like a Hollywood film.

“A 6-8 foot shark (no exaggeration) surfaced at the Rescue Door and was swimming toward 30-40 people in the water about 30 feet away,” it said. “Everyone on the Flight Deck had a bird’s eye view.

“A review of video shot by a crew member reveals it was likely a Long-Fin Mako or Pelagic Thresher Shark – not something to mess with!

“ME1 Cintron, our shark watch, was on the Flight Deck and immediately locked on target…literally! Our animal-lover chief who wants to save every animal she finds yelled ‘shoot it!'”

The Coastguard said that the group dispersed as ME Cintron fired a “well-aimed burst right at the shark”.

While it “turned away for a few seconds”, the creature soon turned back towards them.

The post concluded: “Everyone stayed focused and worked the problem. The small boat quickly looked like a vessel overloaded with SAR survivors. Others threw heaving lines to shipmates in the water and helped them aboard via the stern notch.

“All hands are safe and accounted for. We even saved the inflatable unicorn!”

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