Surfer Injured in Evans Head Shark Attack

A surfer is in hospital in Northern NSW after he was bitten by a shark at Evans Head on Friday.

The 52-year-old man was surfing with a group of friends shortly after 6am when he encountered the shark.

It is believed he shouted a warning to his fellow surfers about the presence of the animal, but was bitten as he made his to the shore. He suffered injuries to his hand and leg and was knocked off his board in the incident.

Eventually he was able to make his way to shore where a passer-by assisted by applying a tourniquet until emergency medical aid arrived.

The man was stabilised at the scene before being taken to hospital.

Paramedics contacted the State Operations Centre who tasked the on-call Far North Coast duty officer to attend the scene. Under the direction of police the water was cleared.

Main Beach, Shark Bay and Chinaman’s Beach have all been closed for 24 hours with the public being urged to stay out of the water.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) will continue to investigate the incident.

Fri 31 Jul 2015