Australian surfer punches shark to save wife

Earlier this year a teenage surfer was killed by a shark off New South Wales. Photo by Reuters

New South Wales, Australia — An Australian surfer saves wife by punching the shark.

The Australian media reported that the Australian surfer leapt from his surfboard on to the shark that was attacking his wife. He then repeatedly punched the shark until it stopped attacking.

The 35-year-old, Chantelle Doyle was was surfing off Shelly Beach at Port Macquarie, New South Wale, when the shark started to attack. When her husband found out about the attack, he repeatedly punched the shark until it released its grip. He then helped Ms Doyle to the shore.

According to experts by the Port Macquarie News, Ms Doyle was mauled by a juvenile great white shark up to 3m (10ft) in length.

Ms Doyle suffered serious injuries to her right leg due to the shark attack and was airlifted to the hospital for surgery. Luckily, She is now in stable condition.

Her husband, named by media as Mark Rapley, was praised by the Surf Life Saving NSW chief executive Steven Pearce for his quick response to the attack.

“This fella paddled over and jumped off his board on to the shark and hit it to get it to release her and then assisted her back into the beach,” he said, quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald. “Pretty full on, really heroic.”

Inspector Andrew Beverley, of Ambulance NSW said that before the medics arrived, people on the beach administered first aid to Ms Doyle.

He said that, “The bystanders on scene that rendered assistance should be commended. They did an amazing job.”

Inspector Beverley had also added that this wasn’t the first shark attack. He said that it was infact the third serious shark attack on that stretch of coast in recent months.