Surfer punches shark to es­cape its jaws

The Star Malaysia - - World -

CANBERRA: A novice surfer mas­tered a pro’s move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to es­cape its jaws.

The at­tack on Mon­day af­ter­noon off the Aus­tralian coast left Char­lie Fry with su­per­fi­cial punc­ture wounds on his right shoul­der and up­per arm.

A Bri­tish doc­tor who ar­rived in Aus­tralia two months ago to work, Fry said yes­ter­day he had re­cently watched a YouTube video in which Aus­tralian pro­fes­sional surfer Mick Fan­ning de­scribed his fa­mous es­cape from a great white shark in 2015.

“So when it hap­pened, I was like: ‘Just do what Mick did. Just punch it in the nose’,” Fry said.

“So Mick, if you’re watch­ing or lis­ten­ing, I owe you a beer. Thank you very much.”

Fry, a surf­ing begin­ner, was surf­ing with three doc­tor friends when he was at­tacked off Avoca Beach, 90km north of Sydney.

“I was out surf­ing and I got this mas­sive thud on my right-hand side,” Fry said.

“I thought it was a friend goof­ing around. I turned and I saw this shark come out of the wa­ter and breach its head.”

“So I just punched it in the face with my left hand and then man­aged to scram­ble back on my board, shout at my friends and luck­ily a wave came, so I just sort of surfed the wave in,” he added.

Fry said he wasn’t con­scious of his in­jured and bleed­ing arm un­til he reached the shore.

“I didn’t re­ally no­tice it at the time be­cause when you’re surf­ing, all I’m think­ing was: ‘I’m about to die. I’m lit­er­ally about to die’,” Fry said.

His friends drove him to Gos­ford Hos­pi­tal, where they all worked, to be treated. The beach was closed for 24 hours.

I thought it was a friend goof­ing around. I turned and I saw this shark come out of the wa­ter and breach its head.

Char­lie Fry

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