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Surfer 'punched shark in face' as he was being attacked

14 November 2017

Charlie Fry, 25, had been in the water off Avoca Beach, 60 miles north of Sydney, when he was attacked on Monday.

"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 didn't feel the teeth going in, it felt like I was smacked, it felt like a hand, a hand grabbing me, shaking me", he said, calling the attack a "close call".

"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 Nine News.

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He managed to fend the shark off with his left arm before scrambling back onto his board and bolt back into shore while also alerting his three friends. A 10-foot shark was later spotted by a rescue helicopter service near the site of the attack.

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

A young British doctor has survived a horrifying ordeal with a shark at Avoca Beach, NSW. It kept coming at my board and I was kicking and screaming, ' Fanning said in the aftermath of the attack in 2015.

Fry escaped the very hectic incident with a few scratches and puncture wounds.

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Mr Fry was assessed by friends when they all reached the safety of dry land, who determined the bite was not bad enough to warrant an ambulance.

"I didn't really notice it at the time. all I'm thinking was: 'I'm about to die".

Fellow surfers took him to Gosford Hospital, where he was treated and released.

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

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"North Avoca and Avoca beaches are now closed following a shark attack", the council said.

Surfer 'punched shark in face' as he was being attacked