Dispatches VIDEO: Boater saved from circling sharks
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VIDEO: Boater saved from circling sharks

It seems to be a story tailor-made for a movie script: A small boat is swamped, dropping three anglers into the ocean. One is rescued as a hammerhead shark circles him after he treaded water without a life jacket for 20 hours.

Oh, and the rescued man is naked.

As a TV news helicopter hovered, the 49-year-old Australian held up his hands as if in prayer, unaware that the answer to his pleas was behind him in the form of a rescue boat. The exhausted man was treated for hypothermia.

Click play to view a CNN report on the ordeal.

Conditions in the area were reported as 6- to 9-foot swells and water temperatures near 50 F.

The search by the Australian coast guard covered about 125 square miles of the Indian Ocean.

One of the other anglers, a 23-year-old man, was found dead shortly after the rescue. Another 23-year-old man — the survivor's nephew — remained missing and was presumed dead.

Comments (3)
3 Monday, 10 September 2012 22:28
brian
50 degrees F for 20 hours??? Who are you kidding?
2 Friday, 17 August 2012 02:52
P Schultz
Survival in 50F water is ~ 1hr max. Someone has their facts wrong.
1 Thursday, 16 August 2012 21:28
Dave Bristle
The chances of survival after 20 hours in 50F are less than nil. With floatation, his legs and arms would have stopped working within an hour, he'd be unconcious within 2 hours, and with no floatation, dead by or before then.

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