Surfer packs punch


Shepparton News - - SN NATIONAL NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: AAP Im­age/Face­book

Mar­cel Brundler’s surf­board shows the bite marks after a shark at­tacked him near Lorne.

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