Man fights off shark with punch
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.