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    A surfer (L) comes in from the ocean after surfing despite shark warning signs posted on the beach in the northern New South Wales city of Newcastle on January 17, 2015

    Surfing British Doctor Escapes Aussie Shark by Punching It in the Face

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    Charlie Fry, a British doctor who has been living in Australia for two months, was able to escape a shark while surfing on Monday by just hitting it in the face.

    "I saw a shark’s head come out of the water, with its teeth, and I just punched it in the face," he described his terrifying experience to Australian 9News network.

    ​The doctor, who had only been surfing for a couple of months, was then able to return to the beach on his board.  He shouted out to his three friends who were there with him, and then managed to "catch a wave in."

    "It was just pure adrenaline, I genuinely thought I was going to die, like 'you’re about to be eaten alive by a shark', so everything slowed down, like 'get on your board and surf'," Fry confessed.

    ​The shark, which he described as being about 2 meters long, left scratches and a small puncture wound on his arm.

    According to the surfer, two of his three friends were doctors and took good care of him before accompanying him to Gosford Hospital.

    Charlie Fry, who is 25 and is working as a doctor in the Emergency Department at a Wyong hospital, said that he was inspired by surfer Mick Fanning, who fended off a shark during a competition in 2015.

    The council authorities said that they closed the beach on Tuesday, after a helicopter rescue service photographed what it described as a bronze whaler shark nearby shortly afterwards.

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