Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

United Kingdom doctor 'punches shark' in surfing scare

United Kingdom doctor 'punches shark' in surfing scare

"I turned to the right and I saw a shark's head come out of the water with its teeth and I just punched it in the face", he told Channel Nine News on Tuesday morning.

I punched it in the face with my left hand ... and managed to scramble back on my board, shout at my friends.

The novice surfer first thought the shark was simply his friend goofing around, however, he soon realized it was a shark.

"So it was a bit of a close call".

A United Kingdom doctor says he escaped a shark by punching it in the face after the animal injured him in Australia.

"Geez I don't know if I can tell mum, she might kill me", he said.

A British doctor who was attacked by a shark on the NSW Central Coast while surfing says he owes Mick Fanning a beer after copying the legend surfer's tactics and punching the animal off.

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

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Fry said he wasn't really aware that he was hurt until he made it to the shore.

The man was taken to Gosford Hospital by his friends after he sustained scratches and a puncture wound.

A helicopter rescue service photographed what is said was most likely a bronze whaler shark nearby shortly afterwards.

"So I thought. 'get in as fast as possible, ride the wave for as long as you can and then just start paddling for your life'".

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

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

Australia has had a spate of shark attacks in recent years, including one fatality and ten injuries this year.

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

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