Man ‘punches shark’ to escape

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SYDNEY (AFP) – A young British doctor has described punching a shark that leaped from the water to attack him as he surfed off Australia’s eastern coast, escaping with bite marks to his shoulder and arm. The 25-year-old, named in local media as Charlie Fry, was surfing with three others at Avoca Beach north of Sydney on Monday when the shark “jumped out of the water and hit him in the right shoulder”, police said. “I saw a shark’s head come out of the water, with its teeth, and I just punched it in the face,” Mr Fry told Channel Nine yesterday. “It was just pure adrenaline. I genuinely thought I was going to die, like ‘you’re about to be eaten alive by a shark’, so everything slowed down, like ‘get on your board and surf’.” Mr Fry was not seriously hurt and initially did not even realise he had been bitten.

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