‘I’m still getting my head around it’: Teenage tradie surfer miraculously escapes with his life after being attacked by a massive shark
- Riley Brown was surfing with friends with eight foot shark bumped him off board
- Shark had bitten into the board with a massive 40cm bite mark left underneath
- Despite surfing at Bribie Island for years Riley had never seen a shark before
A teenage surfer has miraculously escaped with his life after being attacked by a massive shark.
Riley Brown, 17, was waiting for a wave in the line up at Bribie Island on Queensland when he was suddenly knocked off his board on Thursday afternoon.
The carpenter managed to paddle back to shore before seeing the huge chunk the shark had taken from the bottom of his board – with the bite measuring 40cm.
Riley Brown was knocked off his surfboard on Thursday afternoon with a massive shark taking a huge chunk (pictured)
He yelled out to his friend who was 20 metres away that he ‘just got hit by something’.
Riley then ran up the beach warning other surfers of the massive shark.
‘Something come up underneath me and smoked the bottom of my board,’ Riley told 7 News.
Riley Brown 17, (pictured) said he was in shock after being knocked off his board but was keen to get back in the water
Riley said at first his friend didn’t believe him until he saw the disfigured board.
‘I haven’t had anything like this happen in years,’ he said.
The young surfer said despite the near death experience, he was keen to get back in the water.
‘I was a bit in shock but getting over it now, it’s pretty sick.’
Riley’s friends said he was lucky that he wasn’t lying down on the board or he could have been bitten by the eight foot beast (pictured Riley’s board with bite mark)
Brad Highlands, who regularly surfs with the teenager said he was extremely lucky that he hadn’t been lying down when the shark came.
‘He’s very lucky. He’s so lucky it missed his legs,’ he told The Courier Mail.
He was unable to tell what kind of shark it was but said he’d never seen anything like it despite surfing at the popular beach his whole life.
‘I’m sort of getting my head around to like, did that just happen,’ Riley said.
Mr Highlands posted to a local Bribie Island Facebook group page to warn other surfers in the area.
‘Riley’s shaken pretty bad but otherwise all is ok, stick to swimming in the pool for a few days could be the go,’ he wrote.
The beach was not closed as the shark sighting had been reported to life savers after patrol hours.
Brad Highlands, (pictured) who regularly surfs with the teenager said he was extremely lucky that he hadn’t been lying down when the shark came