A British doctor who was attacked by a shark while surfing in Australia said he survived by punching it on the nose the same way top surfer Mick Fanning did during a competition two years ago.

Charlie Fry, 25, was surfing with friends on Monday afternoon at Avoca Beach on the Central Coast, north of Sydney, when a shark jumped out of the water and bit him on the shoulder.

“I saw a shark’s head come out of the water, with its teeth, and I just punched it in the face,” Fry told Channel Nine television.

“I said, ‘just do what Mick did, just punch it in the nose’.”

Australian surfing legend Mick Fanning famously punched a shark off during a live televised professional surfing competition in South Africa in 2015.

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“If you are watching or listening, Mick, I owe you a beer, thank you very much,” said Fry, who has been living in Australia for two months and is working as an emergency doctor at a local hospital.

He suffered minor bite marks to his shoulder and arm.

“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,” Fry said.

He said the shark was about two metres long. Local media said a three-metre shark was located in the same area a short time after the attack and the beach was closed for several hours.

Author: ANA Newswire