- The man was swimming at popular Birubi Beach in Port Stephens on Saturday
- He swam to the shore and called emergency services to treat puncture wounds
- The man has been transported to hospital as the ‘bleeding became a problem’
- It’s been a year since a 2.5m great white shark was spotted at the popular spot
A surfer has been rushed to hospital after being bitten on the foot by a shark.
The 31-year-old swam to the shore at Birubi Beach in Port Stephens with puncture wounds to his foot at around 9.30am on Saturday.
He was treated by paramedics and an off-duty nurse on the sand before being taken to John Hunter Hospital when the ‘bleeding became a bit of a problem,’ a media spokesperson for the lifeguard tower told Daily Mail Australia.
The 31-year-old swam to the shore at Birubi Beach in Port Stephens (pictured) with puncture wounds to his foot at around 9.30am on Saturday
Swimmers at the popular beach spot heard a shark alarm sound shortly after the attack and were asked to stay away from the water.
Birubi Beach has been closed while authorities decipher whether the injury was actually caused by a shark.
Officers from Port Stephens Local Area Command are working with officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries.
The incident comes just a year after a 2.5m great white shark was spotted on Birubi Beach (pictured) causing terrified swimmers to flee the water in panic
The incident comes just a year after a 2.5m great white shark was spotted on Birubi Beach causing terrified swimmers to flee the water in panic.
The iconic surf spot was recently chosen by the World Surf League to host the women’s qualifying series finale, which was previously held at Cronulla in Sydney’s south.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 00.