Woman savaged in horror shark attack saved by husband punching beast in the face

A shark attack victim saved by her husband punching the beast in its face, is now fighting for it in the boxing ring.

Chantelle Doyle, 35, survived the attack after her husband jumped on the beast’s back and fought it off in the water at a Port Macquarie beach in Australia two years ago.

The juvenile great white shark estimated to be around 10 feet long, knocked the surfer off her board and targeted her right calf in a bloody mauling.

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Chantelle's quick-thinking husband John Hunter and other swimmers got her safely to shore before lifeguards were able to get her to the nearest hospital in New South Wales, where she remained in a stable condition.

From the attack, Doyle suffered severe nerve damage on her left leg, meaning she had no feeling or movement there but two years of surgery and rehabilitation has helped her regain a lot of movement and strength.

Despite this, Doyle claimed she was frustrated by the pace of recovery, telling ABC: "My leg is still partially paralysed. And I had expected a lot more and I was just really sick of feeling like I couldn't function the way I ever used to function.

"So I started boxing.”

As part of her recovery, Doyle has decided to take up boxing to improve her strength. She is currently undertaking a gruelling 12-week training schedule to her her ready physically and mentally for a six-minute fight.

Doyle was inspired to do this due to her shark attack. Being a botanist, she knew the importance of conservation, but didn’t know that much about the ocean before her encounter with the Great White.

Since then, it has been her ambition to know more and raise awareness about ocean conservation.

“I think sharks get a pretty bad rep,” she said.

"I have this crazy vision that Australia could be a global role model for biodiversity and living with nature and I really think we can be.”

Shark scientist Leonardo Guida spoke to her within a week of the shark incident.

"They really want to understand what was happening in the ocean and why sharks are so important," Doyle said.

"It is humbling and incredibly inspirational that she has been able to spread this message and is quite literally going from punching a shark to literally punching for them," Dr Guida said.

Now, Doyle has got back on her surfboard and continues to box in order to raise awareness.


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