Man fights off shark with punch

Bangkok Post - - WORLD -

SYD­NEY: A young Bri­tish doc­tor has de­scribed punch­ing a shark that at­tacked 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 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,” Mr Fry told com­mer­cial broad­caster Chan­nel Nine yes­ter­day. “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’.” Mr Fry, who was able to surf back to the beach with his friends, was not se­ri­ously hurt. “I count my­self very lucky,” he said.

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