An Australian surfer told how he escaped the jaws of a 16-foot great white shark by sticking his surfboard in his mouth and hitting him in the face.
Phil Mommert, 28, was surfing in Bunker Bay – 150 miles from Perth – when he was knocked off board by a giant predator.
Phil was then bitten by the shark on the leg, leaving him with multiple deep puncture wounds in his leg.
The attack took place on July 31, but details of the incident came out in full on the surfing website Magic Seaweed today.
“The tail was still attached to me with my legs [leg rope] and it was in his mouth.
“He found himself between me and the shark, so I grabbed him with both hands and tried to push him into his mouth.
“The other guys in the water said I was hitting him on both the head and the nose. I remember the shark swimming around me and I was just trying to keep it over my eyes and trying to push it away.”
“I remember seeing the size of my dorsal fin as it swam. It was massive, at least a meter high. It was still next to me when the other boys reached me,” Mr Mummert said.
“Once I realized what was going on, my first instinct was just to hold that piece of board in my mouth, because I decided that if he bit me, then he wouldn’t bite me.”
Three friends, who were in the water at the time, rushed to the rescue and managed to lift Phil onto the long board and pull him ashore.
He was then taken to a nearby hospital, where they sutured his severely injured leg with 63 staples.
“Really, I don’t have to be alive. Or at least I lost a leg,” he told the magazine.
There have been five fatal shark attacks in Australia this year.
Last month, an Australian father rescued his son from a shark’s jaws after pulling the boy out of a fishing boat and torturing him.
A local diver claims that people who witnessed the attack off the coast of Tasmania believe that the culprit may be a great white man.
The child received a cut on his arms, chest and head in a test about 5 km off the coast of Tasmania on Friday afternoon, local time.
The shark is said to have taken off after its father overcame it.