Aussie doctor survives shark attack after punching predator in nose

Aussie doctor survives shark attack after punching predator in nose

"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", Fry 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".

Dr Fry, who has been working at nearby Gosford Hospital for two months, said he was with three colleagues when he was attacked.

He said he shouted out to his mates and then "paddled so hard back to shore".

"The crew of Westpac Life saver 22 has located a 3.0 metre white shark just north of the Avoca Lagoon entrance".

Fray said he wasn't conscious of his injured and bleeding arm until he reached the shore.

And Charlie revealed how he miraculously managed to escape with only one minor bite mark. It kept coming at my board and I was kicking and screaming, ' Fanning said in the aftermath of the attack in 2015.

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There have been 16 shark encounters and attacks off the island continent's vast coastline this year, including the death of a 17-year-old girl mauled in full view of her parents in Western Australia.

"I didn't really notice it at the time, because when you're surfing, all I was thinking was "I'm about to die", and I was just. thinking about getting in [to shore] as fast as possible".

He said he would not be back in the sea for a week because of his injuries, but after that would be "racing to get back in".

He sustained scratches and puncture wounds, and was driven to hospital by his two friends who were both doctors as well.

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).

Avoca Beach and North Avoca will be closed for 24 hours.

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