A North Carolina man almost became a shark's dinner after attempting to flee from police by swimming away in the ocean (video below).
On Aug. 30, Zachary Kingsbury, 20, was pulled over by police at around 4:45 p.m. after officers said they saw illegal contraband inside his vehicle, WECT reported.
The police asked Kingsbury to step out of the car. At that point, he "fled the scene on foot, onto the beach, proceeding into the ocean,” police said.
Kingsbury began paddling away as police pursued using a drone to monitor his location. After an hour, Kingsbury was about 4,000 feet from shore and visual contact was lost.
But video captured by the drone revealed that Kingsbury was in far greater danger than he originally thought, as a shark was seen swimming on the bottom right corner of the screen.
“After 60 minutes of flight time, Kingsbury was over 4,000 feet offshore and visual contact was lost. At that point, the operation became a rescue operation,” read a statement from Surf City Police, according to The Charlotte Observer.
Pender emergency officials and Coast Guards crews were called to the scene. The Surf City Fire Department and North Topsail Police Department were also dispatched, and aided the rescue operation.
At about 7:45 p.m., Kingsbury was successfully taken into custody near North Topsail Beach and booked into Pender County Jail.
Kingsbury is now facing several charges including resisting arrest, obstructing an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine possession and possession of marijuana of up to a half an ounce, according to the Daily Mail.
The video was released by the Surf City Police Department. It has been making rounds on social media. Several users responded to the video, most making jokes about it.
"Every time I see this I hear the music from Jaws," wrote one Facebook user, referring to the iconic 1975 movie.
"But where was he going?" wondered another.
"Greatest police chase video ever!" joked another.
Some users were impressed with Kingsbury's swimming abilities.
“I would’ve drowned after 10 minutes … dude’s an animal,” wrote one commenter.
“A Darwin award Winner without a doubt,” added another.
"Finally the Phelps race," quipped one YouTube user, referring to a virtual Shark Week race between Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps and a shark.
Others said the shark never presented a real threat to the suspect.
"Clearly he was in imminent danger, from the disinterested shark," wrote one user.
"Shark wasn't disinterested," responded another. "Shark was doing what sharks do which is circle their prey from a distance. Gradually the circle becomes smaller and smaller."