Nfld. & Labrador

Shark doesn't bite man: Call to Placentia coast guard a hoax

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre says it believes a call on Tuesday night about a shark biting a man in Placentia Bay was a hoax.
The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre says that a call to the Placentia Bay Coast Guard warning of a shark bite was a hoax. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Life doesn't always imitate Jaws. 

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax says it believes a call on Tuesday night about a shark biting a man in Placentia Bay was a hoax.

Spokesperson Jamie Tobin said the Canadian Coast Guard in Placentia received a radio message reporting the attack.

He said the attack wasn't viewed as credible because of the obvious laughing in the background of the phone call.

According to Tobin, rescue staff assessed the situation and decided it was a fake emergency.

While the JRCC takes all calls that come in to search and rescue seriously, Tobin said it would have been a waste of resources to respond to the hoax.

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