Just after bridge personnel reported the shark sighting, Maritime Enforcement Professional 1st Class Samuel Cintron locked in on the shark and allow off a several rounds on top of exactly where the shark was swimming. The shark briefly turned absent for a couple seconds and turned back.
All the crew customers in the water swam to get out of the ocean. Some built their way to a smaller boat that was in the drinking water with the crew, although others went for a ladder on the Fantail. Some swam toward an open stern notch at the ship’s stern.
Cintron ongoing to fireplace bursts at the shark. Each individual burst briefly took the shark off its route, but it kept turning again and Cintron had to continue on firing until eventually all of his shipmates have been harmless, the USCGC explained.
After examining video footage, the USCGC stated it believes the shark was a Lengthy-Fin Mako or Pelagic Thresher shark, “not something to mess with!”
Thankfully, all crew associates produced it safely out of the h2o. “We even saved the inflatable unicorn!” USCGC said.
And, the crew included, “we never assume the shark was wounded…It afterwards joined a few more compact buddies that confirmed up and they swam off with each other.”