03/07/2012 12:55 pm ET

Jan Lisewski, Polish Kite Surfer, Fights Off Sharks With Knife In Red Sea For 2 Days

When winds died in the Red Sea and Polish kite surfer Jan Lisewski was left stranded and surrounded by sharks, he did what any reasonable person would do:

He stabbed the sharks with a knife.

Reuters reports that the 42-year-old Lisewski was two-thirds of the way through his trip from El Gouna, Egypt, to Duba, Saudi Arabia, when his kite deflated and he was left bobbing in the salt water as human shark bait.

"I was stabbing them in the eyes, the nose and gills," Lisewski told Polish state news agency PAP.

Aside from fending off cartilaginous predators, Lisewski survived thanks to a few energy drinks, water and two energy bars he'd packed, according to Fox News.

Those supplies tided the kitesurfer over for nearly 40 hours until the Saudi Arabian coast guard responded to his SOS and found him, Reuters notes.

The news agency reports that last year, Lisweski was the first person to kite surf across the Baltic Sea -- and he didn't even have to battle any sharks in the process.

Photo screenshot from YouTube user mmtrojmiasto.