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Man 'punches shark in face' during NSW attack

Man 'punches shark in face' during NSW attack

Dr Fry said he had been inspired by Mick Fanning, the champion Australian surfer who fought off a shark on live television while taking part in an global surfing competition in South Africa in 2015.

"If you are watching or listening, Mick, I owe you a beer, thank you very much".

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

"I was just surfing, (saying) get in as fast as possible, ride the wave as fast as possible, ride the wave as long as you can and start paddling for your life essentially".

"(I) then got back on my board, shouted at my friends who were there, and then managed to catch a wave in.

"I said, "just do what Mick did, just punch it in the nose", Fry told the Nine Network today. "I'm literally about to die, '" Fry said.

He said he did not realise his arm was bleeding until was back on the shore.

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Fanning, a three-time world surfing champion, famously hit a great white shark after it became entangled in his leg rope during the J-Bay Open in South Africa.

'It was a nervous swim in.

Surf Life Saving NSW said the "minor" shark attack happened at the lagoon at Avoca Beach.

Once on shore, the puncture wounds were determined not to be serious, so after lifeguards tended to him, Fry was taken by his friends to the hospital for further treatment of the bite that spanned from the elbow to the top of the shoulder.

But he was more anxious about what his mum would say than about the injuries themselves.

Avoca and North Avoca beaches remained closed on Tuesday as authorities closely monitored the water for any sign of the shark.

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


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