Brave bloke survives shark attack by stuffing surfboard in mouth and punching it

A surfer has revealed how he escaped a shark attack by shoving a surfboard into its mouth and punching it.

The Australian man managed to flee from the jaws of a 16ft great white shark after being knocked off his surfboard.

Phil Mummert, 28, was surfing at Bunker Bay – 150 miles from Perth – when the scary ordeal took place.

He was bitten on the leg by the vicious shark which left puncture wounds, reports Mirror Online.

However, the brave man managed to escape and save his life due to his quick thinking.

The attack happened on July 31 but details of the incident emerged in full in the surfing website Magic Seaweed today.

"The tail half was still attached to me with my leggy [leg rope] and it was in its mouth.

"It ended up between me and the shark, so I grabbed it with both hands and tried to push it into his mouth.

"The other guys in the water said I was punching him in the head and on the nose as well. I remember the shark swimming around me and I was just trying to keep my eyes on him and I was trying to push him away."

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"I remember seeing the size of his dorsal fin as he was swimming around. It was massive, at least a metre high. He was still there next to me when the other guys got to me," Mr Mummert said.

"Once I realised what was happening, my first instinct was to just keep that piece of board in its mouth, because I figured if he was biting that then he wasn’t biting me.”

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Three friends who were in the water at the time rushed to his aid and managed to hoist Phil onto a longboard and brought him ashore.

He was then rushed to a nearby hospital where they stapled his badly-injured leg together with 63 staples.

"Really, I shouldn’t be alive. Or at the very least lost a leg”, he told the magazine.

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