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Man, 36, suffers a severe leg injury after being attacked by a shark

Man, 36, suffers a severe leg injury after being attacked by a shark

  • Man, 36, attacked by a shark at Nambucca Heads on NSW mid north coast
  • He suffered a severe leg injury while surfing at 7.15am on Sunday morning
  • He was flown to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle in a serious condition 
  • Emergency services are at the scene, where the beach is closed to the public
  • Department of Primary Industries is yet to identify the species of shark involved
  • Do you know more? Email kylie.stevens@mailonline.com 

A 36-year-old man has been attacked by a shark at Nambucca Heads on the NSW mid north coast. 

He suffered a severe leg injury while surfing near Scotts Head Beach at around 7.15am on Sunday morning. 

‘He swam to a nearby break wall, where a passer-by saw him and notified emergency services,’ NSW Police said in a statement.

The surfer was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition on Sunday

Six ambulances and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter were at the scene, along with police.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman told Daily Mail Australia the man lost a substantial amount of blood. 

The shark attack occurred at Scotts Head Beach (pictured) near Nambucca Heads, where several beaches are currently closed

The shark attack occurred at Scotts Head Beach (pictured) near Nambucca Heads, where several beaches are currently closed

‘A man was bitten on his lower right leg and suffered five deep lacerations, so there was a lot of bleeding,’ he said. 

‘He was treated at the scene before he was flown to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.’ 

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter had to stop briefly in Port Macquarie to collect more blood transported by police highway patrol officers from the local hospital.

Six ambulance crews and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter attended the scene

Six ambulance crews and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter attended the scene

A Department of Primary Industry spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia that the species of shark is yet to be identified. 

Mid North Coast Police District will liaise with the department to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident 

Beaches in the area are currently closed, including Shelley Beach and Main Beach.  

Police urged beachgoers to follow safety advice by visiting dpi.nsw.gov.au/sharks and the SharkSmart app. 

The species of shark involved in Sunday's attack is yet to be identified (stock image) 

The species of shark involved in Sunday’s attack is yet to be identified (stock image) 

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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