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‘I punched him in the face and jabbed him in the eyes’: Fisherman tells how he fought off sharks as boat sank

After their boat was sunk off the Louisiana coast, two fishermen battled sharks while another swam in search of help.

Phong Le, a swimmer, was able to locate a signal on his phone and send a Google map of where he was just before his battery died.

They were left at sea for 28 hours by shark-infected water before being rescued.

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Shark attack rescues fishing boat crew

Luan Nguyen stated that he and his friends were in the water since Saturday morning when the predators appeared. He only spoke of the front of his life jacket.

“I punched him in his face. That’s when I got my injuries on my hand, I believe. He said that he was taking my thumbs and hitting him in the eye with them.

Son Nguyen was identified as the third man.

The group lost their 24ft (7.3-meter) boat, and were left without a radio in an area that was not connected to the internet.

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Mr Le explained to ABC that he made a distress call to the Coast Guard via VHF radio and informed them that the boat had taken on water. “And in a matter of seconds, the boat was almost halfway in the water.”

Two cool boxes were tied together to make a float, and the other held water and fruit.

Mr Le claimed that he went swimming to seek help on Sunday, and after swimming for miles, he finally found a signal and sent a friend a Google map location.

“I can see him trying to respond to me. “And the phone stopped – I ran out battery,” Mr Le stated.

Lieutenant Commander Kevin Keefe is Sector New Orleans’ rescue coordinator.

Image: A shark attack tore apart one of the men’s lifejackets. Pic by US Coast Guard Heartland/Facebook

He didn’t know where the woman was going to launch from and it took them about 3.5 hours to locate their vehicle in Venice. This is near Louisiana’s southeast tip. Crews would know which areas to search for dawn, so they could plan ahead.

Before the Google Maps screenshot was published, Coast Guard planes, boats and helicopters had wasted hours trying to find an area larger that Rhode Island.

The command centre was able, using coastal contours to find the location, according to Mr Keefe.

Image: Two men were lifted onto a helicopter. Pic by US Coast Guard Heartland/Facebook

According to the Coast Guard, the men were located 25 miles from Empire, a small community situated southeast of New Orleans.

Mr Le was the first to be rescued.

Andrew Stone, who was part of the Coast Guard boat crew that saved the men, stated that the sharks were harassing the men even as they were lifted from the water.

He said, “They were too tired for even panicking.”

The Coast Guard reported that all three fishermen returned home Tuesday.


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