Surfer in terrifying shark attack saves his own life by riding wave to shore

Surfer in terrifying shark attack saves his own life by riding wave to shoreAFP/Getty


A surfer who was left badly scarred by a terrifying shark attack in Australia saved his own life by riding his board to safety.

Glen Folkard, 44, was surfing on Redhead Beach, south of Newcastle, NSW, when he was attacked from underneath by a bull shark, according to The Sun.

The three-metre animal knocked him off his board and dragged him beneath the surface, taking a huge chunk out of his thigh.

But the shark momentarily let go, and Glen seized his chance for a getaway, managing to jump back on his board to ride a wave back to the beach, north of Sydney.

Meanwhile, the shark followed behind drawn by the flow of blood from Glen's severe leg wound, reports the Herald Sun.

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The dad-of-one told AFP news: "It was everything you'd think it would be, just sheer terror.

"He's hit me from underneath, he's grabbed me, he's turned me, took me under and then let go because I think he had fibreglass in his mouth... and that was my chance."

The tattoo artist said he felt euphoric when he realised he had made it through the ordeal alive, adding: "I just remember rolling off the surfboard on to my back, looking at the sky and just loving life instantly.

"I was laying on my back looking just at the blue sky, going 'I'm alive, I made it' because it was all but over. He was metres away from having a second go."

Glen lost four pounds of flesh from his leg, and nearly bled to death.

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According to one witness, known only as Peter, the scene was like something out of Jaws, saying: "My son actually said he saw the shark leap out of the water and grab a fish before the attack.

"It was kind of like the scene at the start of Jaws where everybody's pulled out of the water and it's a hot day and the water's inviting."

Paramedics gave Glen oxygen before he was carried to a nearby hut for treatment, where, according to the Daily Mail, he even managed to crack a joke about wanting to see his board again because it was his "favourite".

This was the first shark attack at a netted beach in New South Wales since February 2009, when a surfer lost his hand in a shark attack on Bondi Beach.

The New South Wales government's shark net programme includes more than 50 beaches over a 200 mile part of the coast north and south of Sydney.

It is not known whether the net at Redhead Beach had been removed by maritime authorities.

However, the local Green Party are campaigning for the removal of all shark nets, calling them nothing more than a psychological help to swimmers, and a danger to marine life.

While Glen holds no grudges against the shark, calling it a case of "mistaken identity", bull sharks are well known for their aggressive nature.

Another surfer, Bill O'Leary, had a large chunk of his legged ripped out this week after he fell off his surf board and landed on a shark in Australia's Gold Coast.

Bill O'Leary was bitten twice by what is believed to have been a bull shark, which sliced his flesh to the bone and damaged his Achilles tendon.



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