Punching a shark in the face saved a man’s life while surfing in Australia Monday.
Charlie Fry, a British doctor and beginner level surfer, skillfully punched a 10-foot-long shark in order to escape its jaws in Avoca Beach, north of Sydney. Fry arrived in Australia two months ago and decided to take up surfing, reported The Associated Press.
The novice surfer first thought the shark was simply his friend goofing around, however, he soon realized it was a shark. Fry was able to recall a shark attack escape tactic used by professional surfer Mick Fanning, who had previously detailed his escape from a great white shark in 2015.
Fanning punched the animal in the nose in order to escape. Fry followed Fanning’s moves, reported the Guardian.
“So when it happened, I was like: ‘Just do what Mick did. Just punch it in the nose,'” said Fry, adding: “So Mick, if you’re watching or listening, I owe you a beer. Thank you very much.”
Following the incident, Fry was rushed to the hospital suffering superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and arm. Fry says he will be “racing to get back in” following recovery.
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