Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Man taken to hospital after fending off great white shark with surfboard

Man attacked by shark near Ballina Person taken to hospital after shark attack near Ballina
Jeannette Daniel | 09 November, 2018, 03:09

A man was treated in hospital on Wednesday after fighting off a shark with his surfboard on a Northern New South Wales (NSW) State beach in Australia.

The 43-year-old local was bitten at Shelly Beach, near Ballina, about 7:10am today.

He managed to fend off the shark with his board and get to shore to wrap the 20cm gash and seek treatment.

Mr Jonsson was driven to a nearby hospital where he is in a stable condition.

Shark nets at Shelly Beach and four others on the north coast were removed in May after a almost five-month NSW government trial.

Authorities have now closed all beaches in the Ballina area and according to the Australian Associated Press, NSW Surf Life Saving have now began drone surveillance of the area.

"It dragged him off and he fought the shark with his board", Wright said. That's when he used the board to strike the shark.

The initial attack caused an eight-inch cut on his calf.

Cr Wright said he was unsure if the SMART drumlines were now out in the water.

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The man took himself to Ballina Hospital and has since been transferred to Lismore Base Hospital.

Cr Wright said the incident occurred in about the same location where Tadashi Nakahara was fatally attacked in early 2015.

"Police and council have asked us to close the beach so our lifeguards are on site until DPI officers can investigate".

DPI continues to work with other agencies including NSW Police Marine Area Command and Surf Life Saving NSW, and will continue to monitor the situation and provide any technical advice and resources if required.

This morning's attack comes barely 24 hours after a fatal mauling in far north Queensland.

33-year-old Daniel Christidis died from his injuries after being attacked at Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays.

On Monday, a shark killed a man in a harbor in the Whitsunday Islands, where two tourists were mauled in September.

Tasmanian woman Justine Barwick and 12-year-old Melbourne girl Hannah Papps survived after being bitten on consecutive days in September.

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