TWO British tourists managed to survive in shark-infested waters after their boat sank 10 miles offshore.
“If it weren’t for that tanker we’d be dead”
Pals Ash Paisley, 46, and Mark Lane, 43, and five Kenyan crew members struggled to stay afloat for two hours after the fishing vessel they were in sank into the sea during a fishing trip.
Thinking all was well, the pair battled to bring in a black marlin – a 300lbs beast known for its rapid speed.
But, as they were hauling in the giant fish Ash noticed a crew member throwing water back into the sea.
At first, the pair thought it was normal, but it became clear they were in real trouble when the crew failed to start the engines as the boat began to sink.
After managing to send a mayday call, everyone donned life vests and jumped into the water – that is known to be infested with sharks.
Dad-of-one Ash, from Chesterfield, Derbys, said: “We were just floating in the ocean with rubber rings and life vests. We all linked arms so we didn’t get swept away.
“The crew couldn’t swim, they were in bad shape. I was reasonably calm, then Mark turned to me and said, ‘Don’t mention the ’S’ word’.
“I was thinking, ‘What, shipwrecked?’ He said, ’S-H-A-R-K’. That’s when I began to get worried.”
Luckily, a massive Singaporean tanker – the Hafnia Africa – sent a lifeboat out after picking up the mayday signal and spotting the men in the distance.
“If it weren’t for that tanker we’d be dead,” Ash added.
Mark, from Somerset, and Ash had gone on the two-week trip to Kenya after they felt they were getting too old for their annual Glastonbury meet-up.
Ash said: “We’ve been every year for 20 years, but we thought we were getting a bit old. It was just supposed to be a nice holiday – a bit of fishing, safari and a bit of relaxing.”