JANUARY 4 2011 19:29h

Shark attacks boat off Australia coast

Shark attacks boat off Australia coast

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PERTH, Australia, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Five Australian men out on a fishing trip say their boat was attacked by a 16-foot great white shark off the country's coast south of Perth.

The group, on a family fishing trip off Busselton, Western Australia, say the shark circled the boat, nudged the side, then disappeared only to reappear and attack the boat, Perth Now reported Tuesday.

The men said they had just returned to the boat after swimming when the shark first appeared.

One of the men, Paul Sweeney, said he nearly fell overboard as he attempted to catch the assault on camera.

As the shark got more aggressive the men fled in their boat.

They later found bite marks and part of the shark's tooth lodged in the propeller, Perth Now reported.