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Pensacola Shark Attack - The 'Untold Story'
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Description:  Email rumor
Status:  False
Circulating since:  July 2001
Analysis:  See below
 

Email text contributed by Nancy Mack, 21 July 2001:

To All my buddies and friends that have called me about the truth on the shark attack here on Pensacola Beach, the truth is coming out! There is a reason that the "hero" of the attack that wrestled that 7 foot shark to shore is not giving any interviews, and is hard to find. There is a reason that this 7 foot shark was in 2 feet of water, and there is a reason that the family is "acting funny" about taking money from those that want to help.... here it is..... hard truth... Sit down....

THE UNCLE THAT WRESTLED THE SHARK ASHORE WAS FISHING FOR SHARKS, HAD IT ON A LINE AND HAD BEEN FIGHTING IT FOR TWO HOURS PLUS.

The unidentified stranger that helped him also helped him fight the fish to shore. When the shark got into two feet of water, the kids all ran into the water in jubilation and the shark lunged from off the ground and hit Jessie Abrogate twice, took his arm off and bit into his leg. !!!!!!!

The man had CHUM in the water, and heavy tackle built to fish for sharks. His nephew got bit because the entire family went into the water trying to wrestle the fish to land. There is big money on a shark that size.

THIS IS THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

The press has suppressed the real truth, because they are afraid that it will effect the contributions for Jessie and the uncle is so filled with guilt, he has tried to commit suicide once already.... Now it all makes sense. NO MAN is going to wrestle a shark that large to shore in two feet of water, that is one powerful animal, and they had cut the cable, and hide the rods by the time the Medic's got there.

The ranger that shot the shark testified that the shark still had the hook in his mouth and "put up a big fight because his mouth was all bloody and torn up"....(that is why the shark had blood all over it's mouth in the TV photo's, it was it's own blood !!)

I am not lessening the horror of the event. Jessie did get an arm bit off and is going to recover, but I am tired of Pensacola Beach taking it in the shorts because of the "whole truth not being told".... The money, in my opinion would still come in, and the uncle will have to accept that it was a tragic accident and a mistake.


Comments:   This is rumormongering at its most cynical and hurtful. The author — is anyone surprised he or she chose to remain anonymous? — has twisted a story already dense with real-life pathos and tragedy into a sordid, fictional melodrama. Along with unsubstantiated allegations of family greed and negligence leading up to the tragic event, we are provided with a conspiracy theory to explain why we've never heard these "facts" before. None of it washes.

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