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Surfer punches shark in the face

The man in New Zealand was bitten from thigh to calf, but still took to fisticuffs.

A SURFER WHO was attacked by a shark punched it in the face until it swam away, reports said yesterday.

In the incident on Friday evening, a 28-year-old man was about 50 metres off shore at Porpoise Bay off New Zealand’s South Island when the shark seized his leg.

It left three bite wounds from his thigh to his calf. So he punched it in the face.

Fellow surfer Nick Smart told Fairfax Media:

He was sitting on his surfboard and the shark came up from nowhere and hit him. He struggled for a bit and then punched the shark and it let him go.

The man made his own way to shore, where he had to wait about 40 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.

“He was totally coherent and talking. He was definitely in a bit of pain but he handled it really well,” Smart said.

Last month a New Zealand doctor, who was attacked while spearfishing off the southern coast, fought off the shark with a knife before heading ashore to stitch his own wounds and then going to the nearest pub for a beer.

© AFP 2014.

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