A British surfer Darren Mills was forced to turn to boxing when he was attacked by a shark in New Zealand. He escaped death when he ‘punched and pushed’ the shark after it sunk its teeth into him.
‘I tried to punch it but it was more like a push,’ added the 28-year-old, who suffered a serious bite wound to his right leg after Friday’s attack.‘I was pretty scared it was going to come back,’ he said from his hospital bed in the southern city of Invercargill yesterday.
He managed to stay on his board and ride a wave back to land.A holidaying doctor and nurse on the shore gave him first aid until a rescue helicopter arrived to fly him to hospital.Fellow surfer Nick Smart, who witnessed the incident, said: ‘He was sitting on his surfboard and the shark came up from nowhere and hit him.‘You could see blood and he was definitely in pain.’Mr Mills’ surfboard is pockmarked with a semicircle of tooth marks from what experts, given the bite’s size, believe was a 9ft great white shark.‘When the attack first happened I was, like, “I’m not even getting in the bath tub again,”’ he said.‘But I just want to get back and surf again. I just feel really, really lucky. Really lucky,’ he added.