GALVESTON (August 28, 2013)--A fisherman who was casting his line from a kayak in the Gulf of Mexico hooked a shark that dragged him for miles before he cut himself loose from his catch.
A search for the kayaker was launched on Saturday after the man was reported missing, Peter Davis, chief of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol, said.
The unidentified man later told authorities he was a mile from shore when he snagged the blacktip shark, which pulled him for as far as seven miles.
Davis said the pull of the shark coupled with the strength of the current makes such a journey plausible.
The man could have tossed his rod, but most fishermen loathe giving up expensive gear, Davis said.
The man eventually paddled back to shore and was found walking back toward his launch area.