Surfing in Australia never felt this scary until a Ballina shark attack almost cost one man his legs while spending time at the Australian coastal area.
A 32-year-old surfer was attacked by a shark at Light House Beach in East Ballina while body boarding with his two friends. The spot is about 600 kilometers north of Sydney, notes CTV News. Police statement revealed the man suffered “significant injuries to his lower legs.”
The incident happened around 10 am, while the local was enjoying the clear waters of the tourist beach in northern NSW. 9News reports that the shark is believed to be 4 meter-long great white and friends had to drag the victim to shore after the attack. The victim loss “massive” amounts of blood and a shark tooth was found in the victim’s wounds, the site noted.
The victim, whose name has not been released, was rescued via helicopter and flown to the Gold Coast Hospital where he is now being treated.
According to a witness, both of the surfer’s legs were injured.
“It was both legs, but one was really bad, as far as I could see,” the witness told 9News.
Another bystander said blood enveloped the injured limbs of the victim.
Surf Life Saving NSW confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that life guards are already patrolling the area. While the type of shark that attacked the man has not been confirmed, a great white shark has been spotted in the area of attack.
The group also suggests that people stay away from Ballina waters.
All beachgoers near Ballina: Due to the suspected shark attack at Ballina please stay out of the water.
— Surf Life Saving NSW (@slsnsw) July 2, 2015
This is not the first shark attack in the area. In 2008, 16-year-old Peter Edmonds died after an attack in the water. Just this February, Japanese Tadashi Nakahara lost both his legs to a great white.
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