VIDEO: Great white shark foils police operation

By AG Staff April 4, 2018
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“Noah” the shark has foiled one attempt by the South Australian Police to conduct a random breath test.

A GREAT WHITE shark has interrupted a South Australian police operation at Tapley Shoal, just off the state’s coast over the weekend.

“Noah” the 4.5m shark came in between a small police dinghy that had two life-jacketed officers on board and a boat full of recreational fishers they had selected for a random breath test.

“Police were concentrating on recreational boats and checking registration, licences and safety equipment along with alcohol and drug testing operators when they were paid a visit by one of the locals,” the SA Police wrote in a Facebook Post.

According to Mark Oaks, who was aboard the boat the SA police intended to conduct a random breath test on, the shark had been following their boat for some time. 

“We kind of had thoughts of changing our Bonds [underwear] a couple of times,” he told ABC News.

“I told the boys to back off a bit because the shark was right next to us.

“For probably the next 10 or 15 minutes we just sat around … There was very little fish caught that day, I can tell you.”

The SA Police confirmed that the random breath test was eventually abandoned. 

“30 boats were checked and pleasingly, no operators tested positive to drugs or alcohol and only a few minor breaches for safety equipment were found. Noah wasn’t keen on being breath tested and our Water Operations Unit officers were happy to oblige!