The couple was surfing at a beach near Port Macquarie in Sydney, on Saturday morning when the wife was bitten twice and got injured on her right leg.
Chantelle Doyle was rushed to Port Macquarie Base Hospital with serious leg injuries after she was mauled off Shelly Beach on the morning of 15th August. She is in a stable condition in hospital as authorities hunt the great white shark responsible for the attack.
It was his husband, Mark Rapley, who is being acknowledged as a ‘hero’ after he repeatedly punched a shark until it released his wife’s leg.
“The shark held on to her leg. I jumped into the water,” Mark Rapley said.
One of the witnesses who was surfing nearby when the attack occurred said that the shark wouldn’t release the woman and so a nearby surfer came over and essentially jumped on the shark and started hitting it.
Witness Jed Toohey said Mr. Rapley risked his life to save his partner. He further praised Rapley and said, “he saved her life, he was really incredible.”
“If he hadn’t put his own life at risk, the shark would have taken her out to sea.” said the witness Jed Toohey.
Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steve Pearce said there are really serious and tragic shark encounters that have taken place over the past couple of months along the NSW coastline. Australia has one of the world’s highest incidences of shark attacks and there are so far, five fatal cases in the country this year.