Surfer 'punched shark in face' as he was being attacked

Surfer 'punched shark in face' as he was being attacked

He said he heard a "massive thud" and initially thought it was a friend playing around.

Charlie Fry, a British doctor and novice level surfer, skillfully punched a 10-foot-long shark in order to escape its jaws in Avoca Beach, north of Sydney.

Dr Fry was treated in hospital for minor scratches and bite wounds.

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.

I punched it in the face with my left hand ... and managed to scramble back on my board, shout at my friends. "So yeah, it was a bit of a close call!"

The attack bore similarities to a famous incident in 2015, when Australian surfer Mick Fanning was approached by two sharks while sitting on his surfboard during a competition in South Africa.

"If you are watching or listening, Mick, I owe you a beer, thank you very much". "Luckily a wave came, so I just surfed the wave in", he said.

A helicopter rescue service photographed what is said was most likely a bronze whaler shark nearby shortly afterwards.

Authorities closed the beach at Avoca and said surrounding beaches would be "closely monitored".

He added: "I didn't really notice it at the time because when you're surfing, all I'm thinking was: 'I'm about to die".

"So I thought. 'get in as fast as possible, ride the wave for as long as you can and then just start paddling for your life'".

"I probably wouldn't go to that point for a while".

A British surfer claims to have escaped a shark attack in Australia by punching it in the face.

"I mean, the surf was rubbish".

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