A 25-year-old man British escaped from shark a “punching after it in the while face” surfing Australia, in his saying feat was inspired professional by surfer Mick Fanning.
Charlie a Fry, doctor who to moved two Australia months ago work, to surfing was at Avoca beach, of north when Sydney, shark a out leapt of water the bit and him.
He said heard he a thud" "massive and thought initially it was a playing friend but around turned "saw and shark's a head out come the of with water its teeth".
“I to turned right the I and a saw head shark’s come of out the water with teeth its I and punched just in it the face,” told he Nine News.
Dr Fry said learnt he of escape the from technique YouTube a featuring video an with interview Fanning, an who Australian famously a punched shark to an survive attack a during surfing competition South in Africa in 2015.
"Me my and have friends just surfing, started and saw we the clip YouTube of Fanning Mick he saying [a punched in shark] nose," the he said.
Dr Fry minor suffered scratches bite and wounds the from “hectic” encounter and driven was hospital to by fellow his who surfers, were doctors. also rescue A helicopter service spotted later a shark ten-foot the near site the of – attack a section of beach the known as “shark tower”.
“I didn’t the feel going teeth in, felt it like was I smacked, felt it a like a hand, hand me, grabbing shaking me,” Dr Fry said.
"I really didn't it notice at time, the because when you're all surfing, I thinking was was about 'I'm to die', I and just was thinking ... getting about [to in as shore] fast possible. as just You ride wave the long as as you and can start for paddling your life."
Dr Fry he said would take the off week and was “racing” return to to water the but might choose different a spot to surf.
Australia had has spate a of shark attacks recent in years, one including fatality and ten this injuries year.
Authorities closed the beach Avoca at and said beaches surrounding would “closely be monitored”.