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‘Hero’ husband saves wife by punching white shark


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A man jumped onto a great white shark and punched it to save his wife when it attacked her on Saturday at a beach in Port Macquarie in the Australian state of New South Wales, media and officials said.

The Sydney Morning Herald said that Chantelle Doyle, 35, was attacked by the 2 to 3 metre shark while surfing at Shelly Beach, and suffered severe lacerations to her right leg.

It quoted Surf Life Saving NSW chief executive Steven Pearce as saying Doyle’s husband jumped off his surfboard and onto the shark.

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

The Herald, which did not name the husband, said Doyle was treated at the scene by bystanders and paramedics and then flown to hospital, where she was in stable condition.

Beaches in the Port Macquarie area were closed after the incident, Surf Life Saving NSW said in a statement, adding it was providing coastal surveillance of the area to help spot the shark.

There have been five fatal shark attacks in Australian waters in 2020, higher than the country’s average of three deadly attacks a year.

Separately, a 56-year-old fisherman has died in Australia after being hit by a fish, which jumped into his boat, police said on Saturday.

“The man had been fishing with family and friends on Darwin Harbour when he was struck in his chest by a large fish,” Northern Territory police said.

The party returned the man to shore, where paramedics administered CPR.

“Sadly the man passed away,” police said.

“This appears to be a freak incident which is hugely distressing for the people in the boat and other family and friends of the man.”

It was not immediately clear what type of fish was involved.

In a similar incident nearby in 2018, a woman narrowly survived when she was fishing and her throat was slashed by a mackerel.


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