Shark attacks Australia surfer

2012-01-18 12:22
Sydney - An Australian surfer was seriously injured after being attacked by a shark north of Sydney on Wednesday, paramedics said.

The 44-year-old sustained deep lacerations to his leg when a shark bit him as he was surfing off Redhead Beach, near Newcastle, in the late afternoon, an ambulance service spokesperson said.

"He was bitten on the upper thigh and has got a large laceration on his leg," the spokesperson said.

"He's currently in a serious condition and will be transported to John Hunter Hospital."

He described it as a bull shark - a medium-sized species known for its aggression and tendency to attack humans - according to media reports.

It is the second shark attack in as many weeks in waters off Sydney, with another surfer bitten on the arm by a shark at North Avoca beach on January 4.

Another surfer had a lucky escape in December when a shark rammed his board and bit off a huge chunk but he dodged serious injury near Yamba, further north.

Sharks are a common feature of Australian waters but fatal attacks are rare, with just 27 people killed in the past 22 years.
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