British doctor 'punches shark' to survive attack

British doctor 'punches shark' to survive attack

British doctor 'punches shark' to survive attack

Fry said he thought the massive impact was just a friend playing a joke on him until he "saw a shark's head come out of the water with its teeth".

"And then got back on my board, shouted at my friends who were there, and then managed to catch a wave in".

Amateur surfer Charlie Frye is lucky to be alive after punching a shark in the face using a maneuver he once saw a surf champion use, he said. "So yeah, it was a bit of a close call!"

Charlie Fry, a British doctor and novice level surfer, skillfully punched a 10-foot-long shark in order to escape its jaws in Avoca Beach, north of Sydney.

Just punch it in the nose, '" said Fry, adding: "So Mick, if you're watching or listening, I owe you a beer.

The attack bore similarities to a famous incident in 2015, when Australian surfer Mick Fanning was approached by two sharks while sitting on his surfboard during a competition in South Africa.

"So when it happened, I was like: 'Just do what Mick did".

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The man was taken to Gosford Hospital by his friends after he sustained scratches and a puncture wound. "Thank you very much".

Several beaches in the region, including Avoca Beach, will remain closed until 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

A rescue helicopter service later spotted a 10ft bronze whaler shark near the site of the attack - a section of the beach known as "shark tower".

"I probably wouldn't go to that point for a while".

"The surf was rubbish yesterday, so it wasn't even worth it".

"I feel like I was going to be eaten alive, like I generally thought I was going to die, like I was eaten by a shark", Frye, a 25-year-old British doctor living in Australia, told 9News in Australia.

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