I hope you’re ready for this story to rock your shit, because it destroyed mine. We’re heading to Egypt for this edition of Throwback Thursday, a news story this time, and it’s a doozie.
Back in December of 2010, a Serbian man traveled to a nice, quaint Egyptian resort on the Red Sea to escape the tiresome, strenuous hustle and bustle of Serbian living. He wanted to take in the sights, hang with buds, maybe catch a few tasty waves, and throw back some spirits. He did all of that, but he also took home one of the greatest “hold my beer” stories ever recorded.
Dragan (I assume pronounced like “dragon”) Stevic was hammered drunk with his friends one evening in an area of the resort where a shark had already killed one person and injured three others. It had halted the beach activity, unbeknownst to Drags and his crew. This story nearly parallels the one in the famous American cinematic thriller, “Jaws.” Dragan is that one kid who ventures out on his own completely unaware of the danger lurking, most likely casually floating on a raft while the man-eating shark swims underneath. The kid gets eaten. Except in Dragan’s story, the shark is the one who gets the business.
His friend recalls the scene:
“Dragan climbed on the jumping board, told me to hold his beer, and simply ran to jump. There was no time for me to react or to try to stop him, he just went for it,” a friend who was there explained. As luck would have it, Stevic landed right on the shark’s head—it had likely been lurking in the shallow waters waiting for a new victim—killing it instantly.”
So, how drunk was Stevic? He would spend the night in the hospital from alcohol poisoning.
Can you imagine how it went down when Dragan returned back to work from his vacation? I picture him being a pretty modest dude, so I bet the exchange went something like this:
“Hey, Drags. How was your vacation, man?”
“Eh, it went pretty well. Had a lot of fun, ya know. Did a swan dive off a diving board and killed a man-eating shark.”
“I’m sorry, what?”
“Yeah, look it up.”
“You jumped on a shark?”
“That’s what I said.”
“And killed it?”
“That’s what they tell me. I was blacked out.”
Dragan Stevic, the shark slayer.
- [via NY Post]