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Stranded kite surfer fends off sharks with a knife for 2 days in Red Sea


Janek Lisewski, a champion kite surfer, was stranded during an attempt to cross the Red Sea by kite. He survived on energy drinks and used a knife to fight off sharks.

A kite surfer who became stranded during an attempt to cross the Red Sea fought off sharks and endured excruciating thirst, according to Reuters and Polish media.  

Janek Lisewski, 42, a kite surfing champion from Poland, was two-thirds of the way through a 124-mile trip between Egypt and Saudi Arabia when the wind died down and deflated his kite. He survived by drinking energy drinks and two energy bars. He used a knife to fend off sharks.

He sent an SOS signal but it took nearly 40 hours for the Saudi Arabian coast guard to find him.

"I was stabbing them in the eyes, the nose and gills," Lisewski told Polish state news agency PAP.

Lisewski crossed the Baltic Sea from Poland to Sweden last year, a similar distance to the Red Sea attempt, according to Kiteworldmag.com.

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