Shark attacks in Australia are common. Just this year, five deaths and scores of injures have been reported in continental state.
In one such incident, a man pummeled a white shark, when it clenched leg of his wife in its teeth, and saved his wife. Talking to a local newspaper about the incident, playing down about his efforts, Mark Splencer said he did what anyone would have done in that situation.
A witness of the incident who was surfing nearby, Jed Toohey told the Daily Telegraph that the man was a real hero. He said the white shark was about 10 feet long.
“He started laying into the shark because it wouldn’t let go. He saved her life. He was really incredible,” he said.
The 35-year-old woman was provided emergency care by health workers at the beach before she was airlifted to a hospital for proper treatment.
Police said the husband and wife were surfing near Port Macquarie, when she was bitten twice and injured on her right leg on Saturday morning.