A British doctor was surfing with two friends at Avoca Beach 60 miles north of Sydney, Australia, when a shark bit into his right shoulder in a "terrifying" moment that "only lasted five seconds."
Charlie Fry, who's been in Australia for two months working at Gosford Hospital, had just missed catching a wave when the shark attack occurred just after 4 p.m. Monday.
Fry told Nine News he thought he was going to die.
"I felt a smack on my right shoulder and when I turned around, the shark breach[ed] and I saw its jaw and teeth coming at me," Fry told The Daily Telegraph.
"I just punched it with my left hand and shouted out to my mates and paddled so hard back to shore. It was terrifying, but it only lasted five seconds. I'll get to tell the story for the rest of my life."
Once on shore, the puncture wounds were determined not to be serious, so after lifeguards tended to him, Fry was taken by his friends to the hospital for further treatment of the bite that spanned from the elbow to the top of the shoulder.
"Geez, I don't know if I can tell mum, she might kill me," Fry told The Daily Telegraph. "I've just gotten here and I've already been attacked."
"I saw a shark's head come out of the water… and I just punched it in the face,” Charlie Fry has told #9News, after he was attacked on the NSW Central Coast. https://t.co/YK830EQ5gR pic.twitter.com/n2a5C2ygXs
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) November 13, 2017
Fry later told Nine News his mother laughed off the shark attack while his father was a little more concerned.
Avoca Beach was closed after the incident. The Sun reported that lifeguards spotted a great white shark, reported to be an estimated 10-feet long, and a bronze whaler shark in the area shortly afterwards. But that didn't stop surfers from returning to the water a short time later.
"People keep asking me what shark it was, but I have no idea," Fry told The Daily Telegraph. "All I know is that it was big and scary."
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