A SURFER has lost two fingers fighting off a bull shark after it bit his thigh during an attack on a beach near Camden Haven this morning.
The 29-year-old Central Coast man was surfing off Crowdy Head National Park, south of Diamond Head, when he was attacked about 10.45am.
A Hunter Westpac rescue helicopter spokesman said the surfer lost two fingers fighting off the shark.
He has also suffered a significant bite to his right thigh and was stabilised at the scene.
The helicopter flew the man to John Hunter Hospital for emergency surgery.
In a statement issued just before 4pm, the man's family said he was in a stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
"His family thanks everyone for their concern and best wishes," it said.
"Neither the patient or his family will be making any further statement to the media. They request that their privacy be respected.
"The family express their gratitude to all those who assisted at the beach, as well as the emergency personnel who gave such rapid assistance.
"They also thanked staff at the John Hunter Hospital who are caring for their loved one."