Boscombe “sea creature”: the fisherman’s kayak almost capsized
A FISHERMAN was lucky enough to escape with the mysterious “sea creature” on Boscombe beach after stealing his rod and reel and nearly capsizing his kayak.
Darron Tapper, 54, was fishing in the water near Boscombe at the time, when he says that on his way back to shore something caught his lure; taking his equipment with him.
Mr Tapper told the Daily Echo: “I was pulling a decoy on the shore and something caught it, I almost rolled over in my kayak.
“I turned around and saw a big shadow. When I got back to the beach the jet ski was being launched and lifeguards were telling everyone to get out of the water.
Mr Tapper, who lives in Pokesdown and often fishes recreationally in the sea, said he was sure this was not a fish he would expect to catch in the area having already caught nine more bass early in the day.
He said, “I know what fish are, that was something big.
“As a fisherman, I never heard of a shark in these waters, so that was the last thing I thought about.”
The 54-year-old had a small hole in his kayak and if he had known what could have received him he said he would not have “given it a shot”. He added that he had had a “chance of escape”.
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He said, “If you saw how it got hold of my rod and reel, I didn’t stand a chance (if the kayak went over it). God knows what would have happened, I looked like a seal in my wetsuit.
“It’s very possible (it was a shark) I speculate, I don’t know what else would have power.”
“In 13 years, I’ve never experienced this, it’s kind of exciting to think I’ve escaped the clutches.”
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The RNLI confirmed to the Echo that a “large marine animal” was spotted in the waters off Boscombe Beach at around 1 p.m. that day.
Rescuers asked bathers to clean up the water for a brief period while reports of the sighting were investigated.
There was no official confirmation of what the sea creature was, but swimmers were advised to speak to rescuers before returning to the water.