British doctor punches shark while surfing in Australia

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Charlie Fry, a doctor who moved to Australia two months ago to work, was surfing at Avoca beach, north of Sydney, when a shark leapt out of the water and bit him.

"I was out surfing and I got this massive thud on my right-hand side; it completely blindsided me", Fry said.

"Geez I don't know if I can tell mum, she might kill me", he said.

Mr Fry, a doctor from the United Kingdom, is in good spirits and is expected to make a full recovery.

Dr Fry said he managed to "scramble back on my board, shout at my friends and luckily a wave came, so I just sort of surfed the wave in".

The Briton thought the shark was up to six feet long (1.5-1.8 metres), although a local helicopter rescue service said later that a three-metre great white and a three-metre bronze whaler shark were spotted off Avoca. It kept coming at my board and I was kicking and screaming, ' Fanning said in the aftermath of the attack in 2015.

"It was a nervous swim in, with my bleeding arm", he said.

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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.

A man has been injured while surfing at Avoca Beach today after being hit by what he described as a 2m shark, NSW Police say.

"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".

The man was taken to Gosford Hospital by his friends after he sustained scratches and a puncture wound.

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".

Avoca and North Avoca beaches will remain closed for a further 24 hours.