Shark hits surfer on NSW Central Coast

14 November, 2017, 04:27 | Author: Benny Bass
  • Surfer 'punched shark in face' as he was being attacked

"When it happened, I was like, "just do what Mick did, just punch it in the nose", he said.

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".

He managed to fend the shark off with his left arm before scrambling back onto his board and bolt back into shore while also alerting his three friends.

"Me and my friends have just started surfing, and we saw the YouTube clip of Mick Fanning saying he punched (a shark) in the nose". A 10-foot shark was later spotted by a rescue helicopter service near the site of the attack.

The incident is the 19th serious shark attack reported in Australian waters this year.

Mr Fry, a British citizen, has been living in Australia for two months and told the newspaper he's "worried" about telling his mum about the attack. I was just surfing in going "get in as fast as possible, ride the wave as long as you can and then paddle for your life essentially",' he said. It was very, very hectic.

According to The Telegraph, Fry suffered minor scratches and bite wounds.

He was driven to a nearby hospital by his companions instead.

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).

Fry said the shark bit his arm and shoulder after he missed a wave.

"It was terrifying but it only lasted five seconds".

Avoca Beach and North Avoca have been closed for 24 hours.

A United Kingdom tourist has fought off a shark by "punching it in the face", after he was attacked on the NSW Central Coast yesterday afternoon. A great white shark and a bronze whaler shark were both been "spotted" by lifeguards.

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