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British woman savaged by shark before husband 'punched the maneater' in dramatic rescue

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A British woman has been savaged by a shark in the South Atlantic before escaping when her husband punched the animal.

Frankie Gonsalves has been named as the woman snorkelling near Ascension Island, a British territory off the west coast of Africa.

She is said to be a government worker in nearby St Helena, also part of UK territory.

Reports say she has been airlifted to the UK after being treated locally at Georgetown Hospital.

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The extent of her injuries was unclear, The Times reported.

The attack happened on Saturday afternoon.

"She was bitten on the leg," the source told the newspaper.

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"Her husband had to punch the shark off her.

"It then went for him."

Authorities in the region are said to often warn swimmers about sharks.

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