Surfer repeatedly punches great white shark to save wife bitten multiple times

  • 29 Aug - 04 Sep, 2020
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A man repeatedly punched a great white shark that attacked his wife off the Australian coast – and saved her life in the process. The woman – identified as Chantelle Doyle was surfing at Shelly Beach one morning when she was bitten on the right calf, then the back of her thigh, by a great white shark. Doyle's husband, Mark Rapley, managed to save her by punching the shark until it finally released its grip. "When you see the mother of your child, and your support, everything that's who you are, you just react," Rapley said. Doyle, 35, was treated for leg injuries by emergency personnel before being transported to a nearby hospital. She was later airlifted to John Hunter Hospital to undergo an operation and is listed in stable condition. The juvenile shark measured nearly 10 feet in length. Beaches in the area remained closed for a minimum of 24 hours following the incident. Andrew Beverley of the NSW Ambulance said there have been three serious shark attacks on the Northern Coast of Australia over the last few months. In July, 15-year-old Mani Hart-Deville was mauled in a suspected shark attack while in the water off of Wooli Beach in Australia. He suffered a serious injury from a bite to his upper left thigh and died a short time later.