SYDNEY (AFP): A teenager who escaped a shark attack that killed his friend in western Australia has described how he fired his spear gun into the suspected great white as authorities searched for the animal Tuesday. The victim, named by local media as 17-year-old Jay Muscat, died after he was bitten on the leg by a shark while spear-fishing off Cheynes Beach, near Albany in the southern tip of Western Australia (WA) state, on Monday. His friend Matt Pullella wrote on Facebook that “the shark hit me first then attacked Jay”, The West Australian reported.

“The shark turned and came for me, I pushed the speargun down its throat and fired the gun!” he wrote, adding that he estimated the animal to measure four to five metres (13-16 feet) long. “This is something no one should ever have to see.”