Shark Fishing photo

A teenage girl has told how she bashed an attacking shark over the head with her body board until it let her go.

Lydia Ward, 14, was in waist-deep water with her brother at Oreti Beach, on New Zealand’s South Island, when the sea creature grabbed her hip.

She said she did not notice the shark until the attack was under way.

“I saw my brother’s face and turned to the side and saw this large grey thing in the water, so I just hit it on the head with a boogie board” ….