SEBASTIAN, Fla. — A surfer near the Sebastian Inlet recently found himself among a few sharks that were looking for a quick meal.
Laura Evans said her fiancé, Eli McDonald, went to the inlet on Oct. 3 to enjoy the sun and fun and catch a few waves.
Evans said while McDonald was surfing, a nearby school of mullet was being chased by tarpon and other fish surrounded him.
During this time, a couple of sharks also came a little too close for comfort.
"Luckily I am always taking surfing photos of my fiancé, and as soon as I noticed all the mullet jumping, I started snapping pictures and somehow managed to catch the two close encounters [with sharks] in the midst of all the chaos," Evans said in an email to WPTV. "It was hard to stay focused once I realized there were sharks in the mix because at that point I was praying he didn't get bit."
Evans said she wanted to start yelling, but since McDonald has been a surfer most of his life, she thought he would be able to handle the situation.
"It was crazy though because as soon as this incident finished, I looked over towards the jetty and every surfer in the water was beelining for the shore," Evans said.
She said McDonald escaped the scary encounter without a scrape.