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British doctor 'punches shark' in Australia surfing scare

14 November 2017, 05:55 | Erica Roy

Avoca beach will remain closed for most of tomorrow as a result of the attack

Avoca beach will remain closed for most of tomorrow as a result of the attack

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

Fry later told Nine News his mother laughed off the shark attack while his father was a little more concerned.

The 36-year-old was temporarily pulled underwater as the thrashing apex predator turned on him in the notoriously sharky waters of Eastern Cape.

"I saw a shark's head come out of the water... and I just punched it in the face", Charlie Fry has told #9News, after he was attacked on the NSW Central Coast.

But he turned just in time to see the toothy menace sinking its gnashers into his arm.

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

"I just punched it with my left hand and shouted out to my mates and paddled so hard back to shore".

Fry said he could not return to the ocean for a week due to his injuries, but "after then, I'll be racing to get back in".

'It was very hectic, 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 25-year-old man had been surfing with three others at Avoca Beach, 95 kilometres north of Sydney.

Mr Fry said he had "no idea" what kind of shark it was, but said it was "big and scary".

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

Avoca Beach and North Avoca have been closed for 24 hours following the ordeal.

The doctor watched a YouTube video featuring an interview with the Australian surfer, who punched a shark to survive an attack during a competition in South Africa in 2015. A great white shark and a bronze whaler shark were both been "spotted" by lifeguards.

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