Man fights back during shark attack off coast of Australia

Man fights back during shark attack off coast of Australia

Man fights back during shark attack off coast of Australia

A British doctor has revealed how he punched a shark in the face after it mauled him while he was out surfing in Australia.

Charlie Fry was left with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm when he was caught off Avoca Beach, 60 miles (96km) north of Sydney.

"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 felt a smack on my right shoulder and when I turned around, the shark breach [ed] and I saw its jaw and teeth coming at me", Fry told The Daily Telegraph.

Dr Fry, who only started working at nearby Gosford Hospital two months ago, said he was inspired by pro surfer Mick Fanning after watching a recent YouTube clip of him.

"I was literally like, this is mental, like 'you're about to die'".

Luckily a wave came, so I just surfed the wave in.

"I thought it was a friend goofing around".

Fry told Nine Network he wouldn't be rushing back to the surf anyway.

Mr Fry says he has "no idea" what kind of shark it is, but said it was "big and scary". "Thank you very much".

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

It was possibly this that saved his life.

The beach was closed after the attack, but it is expected to reopen later this week.

Fry has to stay out of the water for a week because of his injuries, but "after then, I'll be racing to get back in", he said.

As of November 1, there have been 18 shark attacks in Australia in 2017, with only one fatality, according to the Australian Shark Attack File.

Fanning punched the animal in the nose in order to escape.

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