Man Injured After Shark Attack...


Man Injured After Shark Attack In Australia

Sean O'Regan
Sean O'Regan

12:55 17 Feb 2019

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A man has been airlifted to hospital after being bitten in a suspected shark attack in Australia's Byron Bay.

Police said in a statement that emergency services were called to Byron Bay around 6:40 am local time, after reports that a man surfing near Belongil Beach was bitten on the leg by a shark.

As a result of the incident, Belongil Beach and Main Beach have been closed for 24 hours.

Photos taken after the incident show a chunk bitten out of the tail of the man's surfboard.

A housemate of the victim told ABC News: "We didn't realise until we were on the beach that there was a big chunk taken out of his leg so there was a lot of blood."

There were 27 shark attacks in Australian waters last year, one of which was fatal, according to Sydney's Taronga Zoo.

The attack has prompted surf life saving crews to patrol beaches around Byron Bay, sweeping areas on jetski notifying the public of the risk of swimming.

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