British doctor punches shark while surfing in Australia
Nov 14 2017 by Francis Osborne
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.
Pump prices expected to stay high through the winter
Gas prices were the same as last month's average and have increased by 41.7 cents from last year's average. The rising price at the pump contradicts the usual trend of dropping gas prices during the fall season.
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.