Surfer survives vicious shark attack after husband fights off beast by ‘whaling punches’
Chantelle Doyle, 35, and her husband Mark Rapley had been surfing on a “beautiful, sunny day” in the coastal town of Port Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia, in 2020 when the attack occurred. Ms Doyle spent 15 months in intensive rehabilitation following the scary encounter.
The 35-year-old surfer told 60 Minutes on 9 News she felt the shark strike “underneath my board – it hit my leg straight away – just bang, grab”.
In a terrifying recount, the surfer revealed the shark refused to let go of her leg after latching onto her calf.
She soon feared the shark would pull her underwater.
However, luckily her husband Mark was surfing 30 feet behind her and saw the commotion.