Sunday, 5 December 2021

Surfer ‘punched shark in face’ as he was being attacked

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A British doctor has described the terrifying moment he was forced to fight off a shark after he was circled and attacked on the New South Wales Central Coast.

Charlie Fry, 25, was surfing with four mates yesterday about 30 to 40 metres into the water at Avoca Beach when he spotted the shark.

Mr Fry told media he turned around and punched the shark in face, and thought he was going to die.

“I saw a shark’s head come out of the water, with its teeth, and I just punched it in the face,” Mr Fry said.

“(I) then got back on my board, shouted at my friends who were there, and then managed to catch a wave in.”

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Mr Fry wasn’t seriously injured and only suffered bite marks to his shoulder and arm, but said at first he didn’t even know he had been injured.

“I didn’t feel the teeth going in, it felt like I was smacked, it felt like a hand, a hand grabbing me, shaking me,” he said.

“It was just pure adrenaline, I genuinely thought I was going to die, like ‘you’re about to be eaten alive by a shark’, so everything slowed down, like ‘get on your board and surf’.”

Two of Mr Fry’s three friends were doctors who took good care of him before taking him to Gosford Hospital.

“It was very helpful because obviously everyone was quite calm,” he said

When asked how big he thought the shark was, Mr Fry admitted he didn’t get a good look.

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