Friday, March 20th, 2009
Jonathan and his friend Jerome started a small fishing operation out of his hometown near Perth, Australia. Bored one day Jerome and Jonathan attached a plank to the side of their boat so that they could try harpooning sharks by hand in shallow water. Jerome proved to have terrible aim and missed hitting three separate sharks. Jonathan, anxious to try, grabbed the harpoon and traded places with Jerome. The pair spotted another target not far from shore so Jonathan readied his spear. Just as the shark arrived within striking distance the cable supporting the plank snapped under Jonathan’s weight.
At first all Jerome could see was a violent swirl of limbs, fins, and water. Within an instant the splashing stopped and Jerome watched helplessly as the submerged silhouette of his friend and the shark darted towards shore. It seemed like an eternity before Jonathan shot out of the water, gasping for air. He collapsed on the body of the shark with his hand firmly gripped around the knife that was still embedded in the belly of this once dangerous animal. Jerome quickly steered the boat towards his friend. As he came closer he could see that Jonathan was smiling: “She always called me a risk-taker.”Jonathan Dueck now lives in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. The home that he shares with his wife Heather and the wonderful Pritchard family is on a large hill from which he can see a Super Wal-Mart. Try to find him at www.intransitcentre.info