Friday, 24 November, 2017

British doctor 'punches shark' to survive attack

Avoca Beach closed after Shark attack Surfer 'punched shark in face' as he was being attacked
Lillian Steele | 15 November, 2017, 01:56

Mr Fry told The Daily Telegraph he felt something hit his right shoulder, and turned to look just moments before the predator sunk its teeth into him.

In a move he learned from Australian surfer Mick Fanning, who famously punched a shark at a 2015 World Surf League (WSL) event in South Africa, Fry punched the fish in the face with his left hand.

The novice surfer first thought the shark was simply his friend goofing around, however, he soon realized it was a shark. "So yeah, it was a bit of a close call!"

A British doctor has revealed how he punched a shark in the face after it mauled him while he was out surfing in Australia.

"Geez I don't know if I can tell mum, she might kill me", he said.

The man was taken to Gosford Hospital by his friends after he sustained scratches and a puncture wound. "Luckily a wave came, so I just surfed the wave in", he said.

He added: "If you are watching or listening, Mick, I owe you a beer".

Mr Fry said he punched the shark while in the water before climbing back on his board and surfing to shore.

Following the attack on Fry, a helicopter rescue service photographed what it described as a "three-meter shark, probably [a] bronze whaler", in the surf zone at Avoca Beach.

The beach was closed for 24 hours following the attack.

"You just ride the wave as long as you can and start paddling for your life".

He has not been put off surfing but plans to return when the bite heals but to a different spot.

Australia has had a spate of shark attacks in recent years, including one fatality and ten injuries this year.

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