Shark grabs surfer who packs a punch

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 11 May 2020

A French surfer survived a shark attack of an Australian beach with only minor leg injuries by driving it away with a couple of hefty punches.

Dylan Nacass, 23, was surfing at Bells Beach, 105 kilometers west of Melbourne, when the shark attacked on Friday.

Video footage shows a shark swimming behind two men as they paddle desperately to get away.

Nacass told Nine News that the shark had grabbed his right leg and held on until he punched it twice.

Local resident Matt Sedunary told how he rushed to the Frenchman's aid after realizing he was in distress.

Another beachgoer, Graham Blade, who was filming from a nearby lookout at the world-famous surf break - also an infamous haunt for sharks - said he "actually saw it pop up behind him and knew it was real."

In any event, Nacass walked away from the beach with puncture wounds that required stitches at the hospital.

"I really want to go back soon," he said of his surfing plans. "Just when my leg is OK."

There were 27 shark attacks around Australia last year but none were fatal.

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