An Australian surfer has punched a shark which was attacking him at Evans Head, New South Wales, say police.
Craig Ison, 52, suffered serious leg and arm injuries during the fight with a suspected bull shark early on Friday.
Mr Ison made it back to shore where a passerby applied a tourniquet to his leg, said the police statement.
Earlier this month, Australian three-time world champion surfer Mick Fanning escaped unharmed after punching a shark during a competition in South Africa.
Geoff Hill, a friend of Mr Ison and who saw the attack, told local media it was "like watching a Mick Fanning replay".
"We were just paddling out to get a wave and he's called out: go back in, there's a shark."
"I paddled to him but by then he was on his board and paddling back."
Main Beach, Shark Bay and Chinamans Beach have since been closed.
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