Novice surfer punches a shark to es­cape

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

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 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 Tues­day he had re­cently watched a YouTube video in which Aus­tralian pro­fes­sional surfer Mick Fan­ning de­scribed his fa­mous es­cape from a great white shark dur­ing a surf­ing com­pe­ti­tion in 2015.

“So when it hap­pened, I was like: ‘Just do what Mick did. Just punch it in the nose,’” Fry told Nine Net­work tele­vi­sion. “So Mick, if you’re watch­ing or lis­ten­ing, I owe you a beer. Thank you very much.”

Fry, 25 and a surf­ing begin­ner, was in the wa­ter with three doc­tor friends when he was at­tacked off Avoca Beach, 90 kilo­me­ters (60 miles) north of Sydney

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