Surfer survives Australian shark attack

2012-07-31 14:01
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Sydney - A surfer was bitten by a shark in Australia on Tuesday before escaping to safety, police said.

South Australian police said the 48-year-old man was surfing at a beach at Streaky Bay, a town on the country's southern coast, in mid-afternoon when he was bitten on the arm by a shark.

"The man has been taken to Streaky Bay hospital with non-life threatening injuries," police said in a statement.

It is not known what kind of shark was involved in the latest attack but sharks are a common feature of Australian waters.

While fatal attacks are rare, experts say the average number of attacks in Australia - about 15 a year, with at least one being fatal - have increased in line with population growth and the popularity of water sports.

Earlier this month a 24-year-old surfer died after being bitten in half in a savage attack north of the Western Australia capital Perth, the fifth such fatality in that region in less than a year.

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