Swimmer Involved In Suspected Shark Bite

A 12-year-old boy is expected to make a speedy recovery after suffering a minor puncture wound to his foot in an encounter with a shark while swimming at First Sun Beach on the state’s Far North Coast on Wednesday.

The boy was swimming at the popular beach just north of Byron Bay when he suffered the injury just after midday.

It is believed that the puncture wounds were caused as a result of a bite by a Wobbegong Shark, and it is not known if the boy is a tourist or a local.

Lifeguards were immediately informed of the incident with the State Operations Centre also alerted.

No major first aid treatment or ambulance was required; however the boy’s parents did take him to a local hospital as a precaution.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has been informed of the incident.

Wed 20 Apr 2016