A brave Australian surfer leapt into the water to save his wife from a shark attack, repeatedly punching the shark until it let go.
35-year-old Chantelle Doyle was surfing at Shelly Beach in New South Wales when the shark attack happened.
Her husband immediately leapt off his board and into the water, punching the 3m shark repeatedly in the face until it let go.
“The shark was latched on to her leg. I just jumped into the water,” her husband told The Telegraph newspaper.
And let’s not forget about surfer Mick Fanning punching a shark a few years ago during a competition!
Third shark attack in recent months
Even with his quick intervention, Chantelle still had to be airlifted to hospital with serious injuries to her right leg. We hate to imagine what could have happened if he hadn’t been so brave!
The shark was a juvenile great white shark and was the third attack in the last few months. In total, there have been five fatal shark attacks in Australian waters in 2020.
Surf Life Saving NSW chief executive Steven Pearce praised the husband for his heroics.
“We’ve had some really serious and tragic shark encounters over the past couple of months along the NSW coastline so to paddle out of your own safety zone, into an area where you know there is a large shark, I think is amazing.”
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