Bri­tish doc­tor ‘punches shark’ to es­cape Aus­tralia maul­ing

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SYD­NEY: A young Bri­tish doc­tor has de­scribed punch­ing a shark that leapt from the wa­ter to at­tack him as he surfed off Aus­tralia’s eastern coast, escaping with bite marks to his shoul­der and arm. The 25-year-old, named in lo­cal me­dia as Char­lie Fry, was surf­ing with three oth­ers at Avoca Beach in New South Wales state north of Syd­ney on Mon­day when the shark “jumped out of the wa­ter and hit him in the right shoul­der,” po­lice said. “I saw a shark’s head come out of the wa­ter, with its teeth, and I just punched it in the face,” Fry told com­mer­cial broad­caster Chan­nel Nine Tues­day. “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.’” The Bri­ton thought the shark was up to six feet long, al­though a lo­cal he­li­copter res­cue ser­vice said later that a three me­ter great white and a three me­ter bronze whaler shark were spot­ted off Avoca. Fry, who was able to surf back to the beach with his friends, was not se­ri­ously hurt and ini­tially did not even re­al­ize he had been bit­ten. “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, call­ing the at­tack a “close call.” “It could have eas­ily taken my hand. I count my­self very lucky.”

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