Former pro-boxer Craig Ison found himself in the exact spot as an Australian surfer did last week with a great white shark ready to eat him alive. He threw punch after punch fighting to keep the great white at bay, just as Mick Fanning did while on live TV during a surfing competition.
According to News Max on July 31, unlike Fanning who got away unscathed, Ison was severely bitten by the ocean predator. The shark even took a chunk out of his surf board, as you can see by the picture above.
Ison was out on the water just off the shore of Main Beach in Evans Head, New South Wales in Australia when the shark suddenly appeared. Even though the boxer knew how to throw those punches, this shark was an aggressive predator and it wasn’t willing to back down. According to MSN News today witnesses said it was like a “Mike Fanning reply,” as Ison punched the shark repeatedly.
Somehow Ison managed to get himself back up on his now damaged surf board and paddle into shore. Friends went out into the water to bring Ison in, using the surf board like a stretcher.
When he emerged from the water his serious wounds were visible to all of those around him. He was badly bitten in his left leg and arm and he was in shock. He did say to his friends, “put a tourniqueton my leg,” when they first got him to shore, his friend Geoff Hill told the media.
Doctors needed to stabilize the former pro-boxer for surgery. Officials who spoke with the media said it was his friends’ quick actions that saved his life on the beach. Hill said that they applied a tourniquet made out of rope and kept the wounds covered and under pressure until the paramedics arrived. That first aid kept him alive.