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British doctor 'punches shark' in Australia surfing scare

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A UK doctor says he escaped a shark by punching it in the face after the animal injured him in Australia, BBC reports.

Charlie Fry, 25, was at a beach north of Sydney on Monday when the shark "jumped out of the water and hit him in the right shoulder", police said.

Mr Fry said he punched the shark while in the water before climbing back on his board and surfing to shore.

He said he had been inspired by surfer Mick Fanning, who famously fended off a shark during a competition in 2015.

The shark left scratches and a small puncture wound on Mr Fry's arm. Police said the animal was about 2m (6.5ft) long.

"I saw this shark come out of the water and breach its head and I punched it in the face with my left hand," Mr Fry told local Nine Network's Today programme on Tuesday.

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