Terrifying moment woman trips and falls into shark tank moments before they were due to be fed
A shocking CCTV footage shows how the shopping mall staff member fell into the shark tank moments before they were due to be fed
In a shocking turn of events at a Chinese shopping mall, a woman accidentally fell into a shark tank while the hungry beasts were waiting to be fed. But despite splashing in the water with two sharks already circling her, the woman miraculously survived, The Sun reports.
According to local reports, the woman was pulled out of the water by two security guards who bravely dived in to save her life and subsequently walked away uninjured. The accident occurred at the Wuyue Plaza in Jiaxing, East China's Zhejiang Province on October 15 before the mall opened for shopping.
The woman is seen in the horrifying footage walking across the footbridge before she trips and falls into the water. She is seen after her fall swimming in the water while two small lemon sharks begin to corner her and a crowd gathers on top of the tank.
The mall later informed that the two sharks were young and harmless. The shark tank is situated on the third floor of the mall under a glass-bottomed footbridge, where shoppers can observe the beasts from below or through the transparent floor panels.
The footbridge was closed at the time and the staff member entered it without permission, it is being said. The woman was apparently late for a meeting and attempted to use the gangway as a shortcut when she tripped on the open tank lid and plunged into it, a spokesman said.
He added: "The gangway is off limits during feeding time but the employee was in a rush to get to a meeting. She was quickly rescued from the tank and did not suffer any injuries."
Lemon sharks are skillful predators that feed on crustaceans, stingrays, and bony fish. They are known to grow to about 10 feet long. According to the IUCN Red List, lemon sharks are listed as a Near Threatened species as they have been heavily exploited for commercial purposes for their meat, skin, and fins, Daily Mail reports.