Hero husband saves wife from shark by repeatedly punching it

A heroic husband rescued his wife from a white shark by repeatedly punching it after it attacked her on an Australian beach.

Chantelle Doyle, 35, was surfing with partner Mark Rapley at Shelly Beach in Port Macquarie when the creature targeted her at about 9.30am on Saturday.

The predator, estimated to be three metres long, reportedly mauled her right calf and the back of her thigh before Mark jumped on its back.

He slammed his fist into the animal until it finally let Chantelle go, saving his wife’s life.

Three paramedic crews and a specialist medical team in the Westpac Helicopter responded to the incident,

The mother who shares a son, 3, with her husband, was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital with serious leg injuries. She has since been moved to Newcastle where she will undergo surgery.

Surfer Jed Toohey, who paddled over to help the couple, has described Chantelle’s piercing screams as ‘unbelievable’.

He said Mark put his partner on his board, which was in shallow surf, before springing into action.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Mr Toohey said: ‘He saved her life…it would have been strong enough to take her out to sea. He was really incredible.’

Beaches in Port Macquarie have been closed for 24 hours as authorities try to track down the white shark.

The incident follows five fatal shark attacks in Australia over the course of the year. This is higher than the Australia’s average of three deadly attacks a year.

Surf Life Saving chief executive Steven Pearce said Mark had performed a ‘tremendous act of bravery’.

He has urged swimmers and surfers to be ‘shark smart’ amid several ‘really serious and tragic shark encounters over the past couple of months’.

However, he has admitted some victims have simply been in the ‘wrong place at the wrong time’.

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