Shark attack on surfer

A 28-YEAR-OLD male surfer was attacked by a shark at North Avoca beach on the Central Coast last night.

Police said the man, from North Avoca, was paddling about 8pm when he felt his right arm being pulled under his surfboard.

He noticed bite marks on his right arm, paddled to shore and raised the alarm.

Paramedics arrived after nearby residents called triple-0 and carried the man off the beach.

This photo was taken from a Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter this morning. You can see a school of bait fish with a shark swimming into it.

He was treated for severe bleeding from a five-centimetre laceration to his right forearm and a puncture wound to his right wrist. He was taken to Gosford Hospital in a stable condition.

Brisbane Water Duty Officer Inspector Katherine Hawkins confirmed the shark attack.

The president of the North Avoca Surf Lifesaving Club, Rick Parsons, said witnesses had reported the man saying the shark was brown and as long as his surfboard.

Swimmers had reported seeing what they believed to be a bronze whaler shark at the beach on Monday, he said.

With the Sydney Morning Herald

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