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Diver talks about his hand-to-hand fight with the “powerful” three-meter-long bull shark

Diver recounts a brief conversation with a “powerful” ten-foot bull shark – and you won’t believe the incredible move that may have saved his life

  • Bailey Haffner was cleaning a boat Thursday when he saw a giant bull shark
  • The 20-year-old was abandoned in Perth’s Swan River after a shark rammed his boat
  • Haffner then used his water skills to ensure the dreaded predator didn’t attack him

A young diver lived to tell the story of his life after his boat was rammed by a ravenous bull shark.

Bailey Haffner, 20, was cleaning in scuba gear near the Royal Perth Yacht Club on Thursday morning as the ocean’s feared predator assessed him in the Swan River.

Mr. Haffner didn’t know what to think when he felt a large object slam into the boat’s hull – and felt terrified seconds later when he was stranded in open water.

As he frantically turned around, he saw the bull shark.

“This shark basically surfaced at me on my right side and pushed down and kind of turned to push me off the hull of the boat,” Haffner told 7NEWS.

Bailey Haffner was cleaning a boat in scuba gear near the Royal Perth Yacht Club on Thursday morning as a bull shark assessed him in the Swan River

Bailey Haffner was cleaning a boat in scuba gear near the Royal Perth Yacht Club on Thursday morning as a bull shark assessed him in the Swan River

“It was quite a punch and you could feel how thick it was, there was a lot of meat in it. It blew my mind like thin air.”

Mr. Haffner estimated the shark was at least 12 feet long based on the size of its head, which he added: “a decent size.’

The quick-thinking Haffner then used his ocean skills and removed his scuba mask.

He then valiantly tried to scare the bull shark away from the scene by blowing bubbles – a water motion the creatures are said to hate.

Remarkably, he made it out of the water without a scratch.

Mr Haffner said the ocean predator was at least 12 feet (3.5 m) long based on the size of its head (stock image).

Mr Haffner said the ocean predator was at least 12 feet (3.5 m) long based on the size of its head (stock image).

In January last year, father-of-two Cameron Wrathall was mauled by a shark in the Swan River.

He broke his hip and died on the way to the hospital, but was revived.

Ironically, Mr Wrathall used to swim in the sea off Cotteloe Beach – but switched to the river to avoid sharks.

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