Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

British doctor saves himslef by punching shark during surfing attack in Australia

Charlie Fry, 25, was riding the waves at Avoca Beach - some 60 miles north of Sydney, New South Wales - when he was attacked today. "I'll get to tell the story for the rest of my life".

"So when it happened I was like, 'Just do what Mick did, just punch it in the nose'". "Just punch it in the nose", Mr Fry told Australia's Nine Network TV.

"I saw a shark's head come out of the water... and I just punched it in the face", Charlie Fry has told #9News, after he was attacked on the NSW Central Coast. I punched it in the face with my left hand and managed to scramble back on my board'.

Dr Fry, who has been working at nearby Gosford Hospital for two months, said he was with three colleagues when he was attacked.

"The crew of Westpac Life saver 22 has located a 3.0 metre white shark just north of the Avoca Lagoon entrance".

"It was a nervous swim in, with my bleeding arm", he said.

Mr Fry wasn't seriously injured and only suffered bite marks to his shoulder and arm. "I'm literally about to die, '" Fry said.

"I didn't really notice it at the time because when you're surfing, all I'm thinking was: 'I'm about to die".

Once on shore, the puncture wounds were determined not to be serious, so after lifeguards tended to him, Fry was taken by his friends to the hospital for further treatment of the bite that spanned from the elbow to the top of the shoulder.

But now he is more anxious about what his mum would say about the injuries.

The man was surfing with three others 20m-40m offshore when it jumped out of the water and hit him in the right shoulder about 4pm (Monday 13 November 2017).

The beach at Avoca was closed by authorities, who said they are closely monitoring surrounding beaches.

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