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  • 10 February 2014, 10:31

Brit Surfer Punches Shark That Bit Leg In NZ

A British surfer has described how he punched a shark and managed to fight the predator off after it sunk its teeth into his leg.

Darren Mills was surfing in Porpoise Bay off the coast of New Zealand's South Island on Friday when he was attacked.

The shark seized hold of the 28-year-old's leg and left three deep bite wounds from his thigh to his calf.

Mr Mills, who lives in Queenstown but is originally from Crawley, West Sussex, told ONE News he felt "really lucky" to be alive.

Speaking from his hospital bed, he recalled paddling across the back of the surf when he felt a "big thump" and saw the shark biting his leg.

"When it hit me and sort of like pushed me out and around a wee bit and yeah I just sort of realised what was going on and could see it and tried to punch it but it was more like a push.

"I was pretty scared it was going to come back but it didn't and I managed to get into shore and ? it was just really scary you know."

When he was washed to shore his friends rushed to his aid and put a tourniquet on his leg, The Southland Times reported.

His partner, Karen Thomson, had watched the attack from the beach, the paper claimed.

Although shaken up by the ordeal, Mr Mills is keen to get on his board again.

"When it first happened I was like I'm not even getting in the bathtub again. I love it you know, I just want to get back and just surf again," he said in the interview with ONE News.

It is the second shark attack off New Zealand's South Island in recent weeks.

Last month a doctor was attacked while spear fishing. He fought off the shark with a knife, stitched up his wounds and headed to the nearest pub for a beer.

Earlier this week in Australia a spear fisherman was killed by a shark.

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