MELBOURNE, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A 5-foot-long blue shark received help from two different groups of beach-goers when it wound up stranded twice within two hours at the same beach.
Vincent De Robillard captured video of his encounter with the shark at Melbourne's St. Kilda Beach about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
The shark is seen thrashing around in the shallow waters only a few feet offshore before Robillard grabs it by the tail and drags it back out to sea.
"It looked like it was dying, so grabbed it by the tail, so it couldn't bite me," Robillard told 9News.
The shark appeared to swim away, but Melbourne resident Sophie Hunt found it had returned to the shallows while she was walking her dog on the beach about 8:30 p.m.
Hunt told The Age she sent her friends a mass text asking for advice. The text said: "OMG everyone I'm looking at a shark with my own eyes at St. Kilda beach ... literally in ankle-deep water. It looks really stuck and someone needs to help it is there someone I could call?"
One friend used the photos to identify it as a blue shark while another friend, who was nearby at the time, rushed to the scene to help.
Hunt said she and the other woman pushed the shark further out into the water and Hunt's video shows her friend then dragged the shark back to deeper waters.
"It swam away and then came back in, and then we tried to get it back out again," Hunt said. "It was really scary because as soon as it got into deeper waters it would ... turn around and we would run out of the water."
She said the shark finally remained in the deeper waters after three attempts.
"Maybe it was sick or injured, we are not really sure," she said.