Sole survivor of brutal shark attack held friends hand as she was torn in half

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The only survivor of a shark attack so terrifying it inspired a hit monster movie said he could do nothing as his friends were devoured by a massive 15ft Great White Shark that was out for their blood.

There are few places more terrifying to be stranded than in Australia's Coral Sea which is home to several man-eating sharks including Bull sharks, Mako sharks and of course the White Death.

But unfortunately, this is exactly what happened to a group of three fishermen in July 1983 when their shrimp boat capsized in rough weather 60 miles from shore.

On that fateful day, 28-year-old Ray Boundy and his crew of Dennis Patrick Murphy, 24, and Linda Anne Horton, 21 were set upon by the monster as they clung to the capsized vessel.

The shocking attack began a few hours after their ship had sunk, leaving them floating on just a surfboard, a life ring and pieces of Styrofoam from shrimp boxes.

Ray recalled that whilst the trio were floating, they saw a fin break the water, which filled them with incalculable dread.

He said: "We weren't taking much notice of him thinking that if we didn't antagonize him he might leave us alone."

But tragically, the 15ft man-eater had other intentions for the crew and began to mercilessly stalk them before moving in.

Ray continued: "He took a bite at my leg under the surfboard so I kicked him with my other foot and he let go."

Ray was the lucky one, as ten minutes later the creature returned and set upon Dennis Murphy.

Recalling the dreadful incident to Australian news site UPI, a visibly emotional Ray described how the young fisherman had met his death.

He continued: Murphy screamed: 'He's got my leg, the bastard's got my leg'

"'You're joking,' I said. 'But then I could see the blood coming to the surface through the water.'

"'I didn't know what to do. We'd been hanging together so well for so long … pushed ourselves so hard. I just didn't know how to deal with it because we had no dinghy.

"We had nothing to use as a tourniquet, even if we stopped the bleeding. The shark was still going to come back and I just didn't know what to do.

"'The shark came back and I said to Murphy 'What do you want to do?' and he said, 'You bolt. Gather in all the stuff. Leave me' and he swam off about four or five paces."

That was the last the crew ever saw of Dennis Murphy who was swiftly devoured by the hungry Great White.

Unfortunately for Ray and Linda though, it was still hungry.

Ray continued to describe how when the shark returned nothing could be done to save Linda who died in his arms and the jaws of the shark.

He said: "Lindy was sitting in the sling of the lifebuoy when I saw him come along again.

"I was pretty sure he was the same shark this time. He came along as slow as you like beside me then slewed around and grabbed Lindy around the arms and the chest,' Boundy said.

"I was still holding her by the hand as he shook her about three or four times. She only let out one little squeal as soon as it hit and I knew almost instantly that she was dead."

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Ray's terrifying ordeal was ended the next day when he was rescued but the crew's story was so graphic and gruesome it was perhaps inevitable it was turned into a film.

2010's The Reef sees five tourists enter the Coral Sea after their vessel sinks.

Fearing being dragged out into deeper water by the current, the group decides to swim 50km to an isolated island but are attacked by a Great White along the way.

And as in Ray's story, only one survived.

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