British doctor saves himslef by punching shark during surfing attack in Australia

A United Kingdom tourist has fought off a shark by "punching it in the face", after he was attacked on the NSW Central Coast yesterday afternoon.

Charlie Fry, 25, was surfing with three mates at Avoca Beach north of Sydney yesterday afternoon when a shark hit him on the shoulder.

"(I) then got back on my board, shouted at my friends who were there, and then managed to catch a wave in.

"I saw a shark's head come out of the water, with its teeth, and I just punched it in the face", Fry told commercial broadcaster Channel Nine today.

"So, Mick, if you're watching or listening, I owe you a beer".

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

The 36-year-old was temporarily pulled underwater as the thrashing apex predator turned on him in the notoriously sharky waters of Eastern Cape.

Fry, who was able to surf back to the beach with his friends, was not seriously hurt and initially did not even realise he had been bitten.

But he turned just in time to see the toothy menace sinking its gnashers into his arm.

He said he did not realise his arm was bleeding until was back on the shore.

He was driven to a nearby hospital by his companions instead.

The 25-year-old said he's not sure what kind of shark it was.

The man was surfing with three others 20m-40m offshore when it jumped out of the water and hit him in the right shoulder about 4pm (Monday 13 November 2017).

Lifeguards in the area told the Daily Telegraph the warm water and excess fish would have pulled the shark in closer to shore than it would usually go.

Avoca Beach was closed after the incident.

It is not immediately clear what type of shark attacked the doctor.

"The crew of Westpac Life saver 22 has located a 3.0 metre white shark just north of the Avoca Lagoon entrance".

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