Surfer punches shark, escapes with minor wounds – 13 November 2017 – Avoca Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Charlie Fry, 25, was surfing with four friends about 40 metres from shore at Avoca Beach when a shark tried to bite him. He was not seriously injured and suffered bite marks to his shoulder and arm.

Charlie Fry shows his shark bite wounds.
Charlie Fry shows his shark bite wounds.

The incident took place around 4pm (local time) on 13 November 2017.

“I saw a shark’s head come out of the water, with its teeth, and I just punched it in the face,” he told the press.

“I didn’t feel the teeth going in, it felt like I was smacked, it felt like a hand, a hand grabbing me, shaking me.

“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’.”

He got back on his board and paddled ashore.

Two of Fry’s three friends were doctors who took good care of him before taking him to Gosford Hospital.

Fry said he thought the shark was around 5 to 6-foot long. The species of shark was not reported.

It is not the first time a surfer has been attacked at the popular surf spot. In October 2014, surfer Kirra-Belle Olsson was attacked by a shark in almost the same place along the beach.

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Man dies from shark bite while night swimming – 4 November 2017 – Guardalavaca, Cuba

Guardalavaca beach, Cuba - fatal shark attack
Guardalavaca beach, Cuba

A 22-year-old man (unidentified) died of his wounds after a shark bit his left leg while he was having a night swim with 5 friends just three metres off Guardalavaca beach in Cuba.

The incident occurred around 11pm on Saturday 4 November 2017.

According to reports he repeatedly called out to his friends: “Get me, a shark is biting me!.”

The shark bit into the man’s left thigh severing the femoral artery.

Some reports say his friends hit the shark with a bottle and managed to wrestle the man out of the shark’s jaws.

The group helped get the victim to shore where others helped carry him to the nearby International Health and Tourism Clinic of Guardalavaca.

However, the man died within minutes before he could be taken to a hospital.

Dr Enrique Remedios Contis, who received the patient at the clinic, was quoted in local media as saying the shark attack victim “had a wide and deep bite from a marine animal on his left thigh that must have affected the femoral artery”.

The species of shark was not identified, but it is suspected it could have been a bull shark, which are common in Cuban waters.

According to SharkAttackData – the last fatal shark attack in Cuba was in 1957. The last non-fatal shark attack in Cuba was in 2009.


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