The mystery of an empty kayak found drifting in the waters of Western Port Bay has been solved – and, yes, there was a shark involved.
A passing boat spotted the unmanned kayak drifting off Cliff's Beach early Sunday morning, sparking a search involving the Water Police, the police Air Wing helicopter, Coastguard and Volunteer Marine Rescue members.
On Sunday afternoon police located the man.
He was safe in his Cranbourne home.
Officers learned that the 34-year-old man was fishing in his kayak off Balnarring on Saturday. That's when the shark got involved.
He hooked one and, in the battle between man and shark, the fish was victorious. The man was thrown from his kayak during the struggle and into the water.
Luckily the man was able to signal to friends, fishing in a boat nearby.
After they rescued him, he managed to get the kayak to shore and continued fishing with his mates.
But when he returned several hours later to collect his kayak, it had gone, floating back out into the bay.
The man didn’t notify authorities of his missing kayak.
His fishing gear remained intact and Water Police expected to return his vessel to him on Sunday.