14 Feb 2010

Shark attack victim tells how she 'punched it on the nose'

6:07 pm on 14 February 2010

A woman who was attacked by a shark in the Whitsunday Islands in north Queensland on Saturday has spoken of her fight for survival.

Sydney resident Paddy Trumbull, 60, is in a stable condition in the Mackay Base Hospital with injuries to her buttocks and legs reports the ABC.

Witnesses say the shark pulled her under the water and she lost a lot of blood.

Ms Trumbull says she was swimming near Dent Island when she was attacked by what may have been a reef shark or a bronze whaler.

"I then thought, 'this shark isn't going to get the better of me' and I began punching it on the nose," she said.

"It got me under the water but not much because I started kicking at its neck and I came back up again and I'm punching it's nose again, punching, punching, punching."