Surfer Bri­ton es­capes Jaws at­tack with a punch on nose

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Gil­lian Craw­ley

A BRI­TISH doc­tor surf­ing in Aus­tralia fought off a shark with a punch on the nose af­ter learn­ing the escape tech­nique from an on­line video clip.

Char­lie Fry, 25, was at Avoca beach north of Syd­ney when the shark leapt out of the wa­ter and bit his arm.

He heard a “mas­sive thud” and ini­tially thought it was a friend play­ing around.

Dr Fry, who was based in Southamp­ton be­fore mov­ing to Aus­tralia two months ago, said: “I turned to the right and I saw a shark’s head come out of the wa­ter with its teeth and I just punched it in the face. I got back on my board, shouted at my friends who were there and man­aged to catch a wave in, so it was a bit of a close call.”

He added: “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.

“I didn’t re­ally no­tice it at the time, be­cause when you’re surf­ing, all I was think­ing was ‘I’m about to die’, and I was just think­ing about get­ting in shore] as fast as pos­si­ble.”

The novice surfer had re­mem­bered a YouTube clip of Aus­tralian surfer Mick Fan­ning, who fa­mously punched a shark to sur­vive an at­tack dur­ing a com­pe­ti­tion in South Africa in 2015.

He said: “Me and my friends have just started surf­ing and we [to saw the YouTube clip of Mick Fan­ning say­ing he punched a shark in the nose. So when it hap­pened I was like, ‘Just do what Mick did’.”

He added: “If you are watch­ing or lis­ten­ing, Mick, I owe you a beer. Thank you very much.”

Dr Fry was treated for mi­nor scratches and bite wounds by col­leagues at Gos­ford Hos­pi­tal, New South Wales on Mon­day. The beach at Avoca was closed af­ter a 10ft bronze whaler shark was spot­ted near the site of the at­tack.

Dr Fry, who is orig­i­nally from Bury St Ed­munds, Suf­folk, said he plans to re­turn to surf­ing af­ter the shark bite heals.

Bronze whaler shark like this was seen near Avoca beach

Dr Char­lie Fry shows shark bite in­juries on his arm

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