Surfer suffers serious injuries punching shark that was trying to kill him

Surfer survives shark attack after punching it in the nose repeatedly
Craig Ison suffered serious injuries to his hands after he was mauled in a shark attack. (Picture: 9News)

A surfer suffered major injuries to his hands after he punched a shark that was trying to attack him.

Craig Ison, 52, was mauled by the animal as he was surfing off Evans Head which is 340 miles north of Sydney in Australia.

The attack comes less than a week after a diver was killed by a suspected great white shark off the coast of Tasmania.

Mr Ison was taken to Lismore Base Hospital by ambulance where he is in a serious but stable condition.

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Detective Inspector Cameron Lyndsay said My Irson saw the shark and raised the alarm while surfing with his friend Geoff Hill.

‘They then proceeded to try to paddle in from the ocean and it appears the shark has then attacked and bitten him on the left-hand side,’ he said.

‘He actually fought off the shark, we’re told, and has made it to shore with the help of that other surfer and passers-by.’

Early morning beach walkers saved Mr Ison’s life by using surfboard leg ropes as tourniquets to slow the bleeding before paramedics arrived.

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Mr Ison’s surfboard following the attack. (Picture: 9News)

Mr Irson later underwent surgery.

Ernie Bennett, mayor of Richmond Valley Council which includes Evans Head, said a bull shark was thought to have carried out the attack.

It initially bit Mr Ison’s hip and upper thigh and his hand and arm were slashed as he fought back.

Mr Hill, who was with Mr Ison when the attack happened said it was like was ‘like watching the Mick Fanning episode in replay’, referring to the professional surfer who punched a shark during a competition in South Africa.

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31 July 2015 | 9:54 am – Source:


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