A MAN has revealed how he amazingly saved his surfer girlfriend when a great white shark monster tried to eat her.
Chantelle Doyle, 35, has shared about life-changing injuries caused by a predator’s teeth – which clamped down on her leg as she surfed off Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia.
Early on the “beautiful sunny” day, the couple went to the clear water with Ms Doyle and said nothing appeared out of the ordinary.
But then tragedy struck.
Chantelle and boyfriend Mark Rapley, 37, who saved her by punching the giant shark in the nose, reminisced about the horrific attack in an interview on This morning.
Mark came to the rescue and beat the shark until it swam away, but he admitted it was difficult, like “punching a brick wall”.
Chantelle said: ‘The shark grabbed my leg while I was still in the water and it was like a vice fish suddenly clamped around my leg, so it wasn’t really painful, it was just a lot of pressure.
“And then I just grabbed the board and pulled myself up there.”
At that point, Chantelle let out a chill and her brave boyfriend dived into the water to save her from the 10ft monster.
She said: “I don’t know how, but actually I pulled the shark a little bit with me because when Mark came, when I saw him in the water beside me.
“I was like ‘Oh my gosh, what are you doing? Get out of the water!’
Mark said he was able to pull himself up on Chantelle’s board after he caught a shark’s fin and head near her feet.
He say: “[The shark’s] The nose was out of the water so I could rain punches on it.
“It feels like you’re punching a brick wall, like it’s hard.
“So I skipped the board, to start the whale punches… It was just, keep throwing as hard as you could until it let go, because you kind of, just wanted it to go away. .
“[I was looking] dead in the eye. That memory stuck in me a lot, a black eye. “
He said he aimed his punches at the shark’s nose because “it’s more sensitive.”
I can’t move or feel my right leg and they say it might take 300 to 400 days for my nerve to heal and then we’ll know what happens to my leg
Chantelle Doyle shark victim
His strategy worked with hits that caused the shark to let go and swim away and he managed to bring Chantelle to shore.
Chantelle’s knees, calf muscles, tendons, bones, cartilage and nerves were all damaged.
But it’s not her arteries that matter, which can cause her to bleed to death.
She explained: “I broke my nerve in two places and broke in half in two places.
“I couldn’t move or feel my right leg and they said it would probably take 300 to 400 days for my nerve to heal and then we would know what would happen to my leg. “
She added because she’s an environmental scientist, she understands why sharks are important and she still loves them.
Bystanders and paramedics treated Chantelle on the sand before she was taken by ambulance to nearby Port Macquarie Hospital.
She was then taken to Newcastle Hospital, where she underwent a specialist surgery.
Surfer Peter Lobb described hearing her chilling screams when she was attacked while sitting on her surfboard in the shallows of Shelly Beach.
“It was unbelievable, the screams were unbelievable and all over the place,” another witness Jed Toohey said. Daily telegram.
“He (Mark) saved her life… it would have been strong enough to take her out to sea. He really couldn’t believe it.”
People bathing on the beach then applied a tourniquet to the victim’s leg to stop the bleeding
“Chantelle kept saying, ‘I’m fine.’ She was very calm and relaxed. But then her legs started to go numb,” Mr. Lobb revealed.
The attack was the third on the Mid North Coast in recent months, NSW Ambulance said.
Fifteen-year-old Mani Hart-Deville, killed north of Coffs Harbor after destruction in July
He died after being attacked while surfing at Wilsons Headland in Wooli Beach.
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