A SURFER has advised how he fought off a 16ft nice white shark by shoving his surfboard into its mouth and punching it within the face.
Phil Mummert, 28, was browsing at Bunker Bay, Western Australia when he was savaged by the beast.
Phil Mummert, 28 recovering in hospital the place medical doctors managed to seal his gaping wound[/caption]
Shark assault sufferer Phil and his girlfriend Misha [/caption]
Phil being handled on the seaside after the horrifying assault in Western Australia[/caption]
The a part of the surfboard he used to battle off the shark[/caption]
He mentioned there was lower than a foot between his face and the shark that knocked him off his board as he surfed.
“I used to be sitting on my board and I bear in mind feeling the power that the shark hit me with after which the following factor I bear in mind is being within the water and my board was bitten in half,” he advised browsing web site Magic Seaweed.
Phil mentioned he noticed the nostril of the board and many foam scattered round through the assault at 2.15pm on July 31.
The tail half was nonetheless hooked up to his leg with a rope and it was in within the shark’s mouth.
He mentioned: “It ended up being in between me and the shark, so I grabbed it with each fingers and tried to push it in to his mouth.
“I feel it took what felt like a couple of seconds for me to grasp what was happening, however actually I’ve no sense of the time, my thoughts was simply going so quick the whole lot appeared prefer it was in gradual movement.
“Then, as soon as I realised what was taking place, my first intuition was to only maintain that piece of board in its mouth as a result of I figured if he was biting that then he wasn’t biting me.
The 28-year-old says he’s fortunate to be alive after being bitten on the leg[/caption]
The wound inflicted on his leg by the good white [/caption]
Phil pictured with the three surfers that got here to his assist and his girlfriend[/caption]
“The opposite guys within the water mentioned I used to be punching him within the head and on the nostril as properly.”
Phil mentioned he remembers the shark swimming round him and was simply attempting to maintain his eyes on the lethal predator whereas attempting to push it away.
“I bear in mind seeing the dimensions of his dorsal fin as he was swimming round, it was huge like no less than a metre excessive. He was nonetheless there proper subsequent to me when the opposite guys obtained to me.”
Three fellow surfers noticed the assault and paddled their boards towards him.
The rescuers hoisted the badly injured sufferer onto a surfboard and get him the 100 yards to shore.
“We have been ultimately capable of get on a small wave that took us in,” mentioned Phil.
“These blokes are absolute heroes and indubitably saved my life.”
He was rushed to hospital the place medical doctors used 63 staples to seal a gaping wound on his leg.
“Actually, I shouldn’t be alive. Or on the very least misplaced a leg,” he mentioned.
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Up to now this yr, there have been 5 deadly shark assaults in Australia.
Earlier this month, Matthew Tratt, 36, a father-of-two, was mauled to demise by a shark in Queensland.
In September 2011, 21-year-old Kyle Burden was killed by a terrific white shark whereas bodyboarding on the identical space in Bunker Bay