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"It was personal": Craig Ison describes attack by shark

EVANS Head shark attack survivor Craig Ison says he will never enter the water again after waking from a coma at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

NewsCorp has reported Mr Ison's narrow escape from a great white shark at his home break last week was even closer than it seemed, with the shark's teeth coming within a millimetre of his femoral artery.

"There's no way I'm getting back in the water, no way in the world," Mr Ison told Daily Telegraph reporter Laura Banks. "I managed to beat a white ­pointer. That'll do me."

"It was personal. He was saying to me 'don't even bother thinking you're going to get out of this one mate, you're f ... ed, I've got you no worries'. But I said to the shark, 'f ... you, I'll fight dirty too'.

"His jaws were just ripping and tearing and I'm there just looking at it, I thought 'I better do something' so I went bang, bang, bang, bang and punched him four times and he let go.

"The survival skills come in, they reckon punching them between the eyes stuns them a little bit, they don't like any resistance they just like to injure you first and then finish you off, he would have just kept going f ... ing at my leg until my leg dropped off if I didn't punch him."

Mr Ison still has fragments of the shark's teeth in his leg and told the Telegraph he wanted to grind them up and throw them away.

He is expected to recover and regain enough use of his hand to be able to pick things up. He thanked his mates who saved his life by applying a tourniquet to his injured leg after the attack.

However, he said his surfing days were done.

"There are that many sharks in places, it's ridiculous; it's all about numbers, and when you have a protected species like killer white sharks for 15 years, what do you think is going to happen?," he said.

"The numbers are going to grow and they're going to ­attack. There's no way I'm getting back in the water, no way in the world; I managed to beat a white pointer, that'll do me."

 


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