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MAN COMES OUT ALIVE FROM A THREE-METRE SHARK’S JAWS NEAR LORNE BEACH
A Victorian surfer says he’s ‘‘really, really lucky’’ to have punched and kicked his way out of the jaws of a shark, with one witness saying it was like Mick Fanning’s miraculous escape ‘‘but worse’’.
Marcel Brundler, 37, has just a souvenir scratch on his back after the three-metre shark grabbed him while surfing near Lorne yesterday.
‘‘At first I didn’t think anything of it, we have lots of dolphins in the water here, but then I realised it was big, much bigger,’’ Mr Brundler said.
‘‘I'm no expert but this was at least three metres long.
‘‘At some stage, it had me in its jaw, I was shouting and punching it while it attacked me.’’
Somehow he managed to punch and kick his way out of the shark’s grasp and catch a timely wave into shore.
‘‘I was really, really lucky this wave popped up out of nowhere.’’
Lucas Von Graevenitz Sanchez says he watched the attack through his binoculars from the foreshore car park.
‘‘The shark was massive. If you see the photo you can see the jaw was like half a metre wide,’’ he said.
‘‘It was like Mick Fanning, but worse.’’
The Australian surfing legend was attacked by a great white Painful memories: shark while competing at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa in 2015 and also walked away unscathed after fighting it off.
Police said Mr Brundler was remarkably calm after the attack.
‘‘The shark left bite marks in his board and tore at his wetsuit . . . but he has no injuries. ‘‘He was very, very lucky.’’ The popular surf beach has been closed and Fisheries Victoria has been notified of the attack.
Despite the ordeal, Mr Brundler said he would probably be back in the water some time next week.
‘‘Maybe not on my own though, it will be a little scary,’’ he said.
MELBOURNE: Hundreds of illegal miniature motorbikes face the crusher and the Melbourne company that sold them will be forced to refund the owners and pay a $10 000 fine.
Consumer Affairs Victoria took the Brunswick-based Big Aussie Deals to Melbourne Magistrates’ Court after discovering the business sold 220 ‘‘monkey bikes’’ without proper brakes.
The company will have to refund the buyers, destroy all the bikes, as well as pay a $10 000 fine.
Marcel Brundler’s surfboard shows the bite marks after a shark attacked him near Lorne.