LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Imagine finding yourself alone in the open water surrounded by ten sharks. That was the scary situation for one Southwest Florida man Wednesday who got stuck near a sandbar without a boat in sight.
Our sister station in Fort Myers spoke exclusively with the young man after he was pulled to safety by rescue crews.
24-year-old Steve Moon was on a normal mission to lure redfish using cut bait near Burnt Store Marina. Instead, he was nearly left as the bait, stranded and surrounded by sharks.
"It wasn't a big deal until I counted ten, and they kept getting closer and more aggressive, getting within a foot of me," Moon said.
For an hour and a half, Moon used his fishing rod to fend off sharks as they closed in on him.
Out of options and out of signal, Moon decided to use the emergency button on his iPhone to call for help. Moon says Boca Grande Fire Rescue crews were dispatched to him within ten minutes.
"It's definitely gonna be an interesting story. I can't say I've ever been rescued by coast guard before. I can't say I've seen that many sharks. It was pretty wild," Moon said.