By Mark Hodge @Mrhodgey

A GREAT white shark desperately fights for its life - after being caught by a fisherman's hook

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Videographer / Director: Lars Liedberg
Producer: Nick Johnson
Editor: Kyle Waters / Joshua Douglas

Hooked! A group of people watch as a great white shark fights for its life

The dramatic footage was shot by Lars Liedberg, 38, who had just finished having breakfast in a restaurant, in Plettenberg Bay South Africa, when he saw a struggle on the beach below.

The beach in Plettenberg Bay where the rescue attempt took place

However, multimedia designer Liedberg, who is originally from Zimbabwe, said that the man seemed more concerned with retrieving his hook than saving the juvenile shark.

Rescue: Two men try and remove a fishing hook from the pained predator's mouth

"I realised the fisherman was in the midst of an intense battle with some sort of fish and it had to be big.

“I saw the dark shape in the waves and realised it was a shark.The fisherman and another man then pulled the fish in and it lay in the shallow water thrashing about while the pair tried to retrieve the hook.

“I suggested they just cut it because the shark seemed distressed but this guy did not want to waste a hook.”

The shark on the beach fights for its life

Great white sharks are a protected species in South Africa and the fishing of the animal is illegal.

Great white sharks are a protected species in South Africa and the fishing of the animal is illegal

Liedberg said that following a prolonged effort to get the fish back in the water, the distraught shark was eventually helped into the ocean and was able to swim away.

The dramatic footage was shot by Lars Liedberg, 38, who had just finished having breakfast

“Eventually the hook was levered out of the shark's gaping jaws. The men then grabbed it by the tail and tried to drag it out into deeper waters.

“The shark actually started to mock attack, whipping its head up and snapping its mouth. It could have taken one of their arms clean off.

One of the rescuers tries to help the great white shark back in to the ocean

“They slowly managed to get it in water deep enough for it to swim away but it remained lifeless.

“The crowd was standing in stunned silence waiting for it to move, myself included.

The injured shark was gently helped into the ocean

“Eventually they pushed it away from them into the deeper blue. All you could see was the beautiful tail fin above the darker deeper water.

“It must have mustered its last strength and its tail started moving and just like that the shark was was gone.”

Watchers were releived to see the great white swimming away