A SHARK that took a 30-centimetre chunk out of a lifeguard’s surfboard on Sunday continues to roam the waters off a Sydney beach.
Dee Why and Long Reef beaches in Sydney’s north remained closed on Sunday afternoon after off-duty Warringah Council lifeguard Danny Sheather was knocked off his board.
He was surfing about 100 metres off the south end of Dee Why beach at about 11.50am.
‘‘I got a wave, paddled in and got up, and I was going along and felt this almighty hit from the bottom,’’ he said.
‘‘And it shouldered me forward off my board.’’
Mr Sheather said he did not see the predator but noticed a 30cm semi-circular chunk missing from one side of his board.
He then paddled in and raised the alarm.
Dean Storey, from Surf Life Saving NSW, said rescue helicopters were keeping an eye out for a 2.5-metre shark near Dee Why beach.
‘‘As long as the shark is in the area, the beaches will remain closed,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Central Coast surfer Luke Allan, 29, vows he’ll be back surfing, even after losing most of his index finger and chunks of his thigh to a shark on Friday.
‘‘Absolutely, first chance I get – I don’t know of anyone who has been attacked twice,’’ he said in a TV interview.
Mr Allan was surfing with mates off Crowdy Head National Park, south of Diamond Head, when he was attacked by a shark – believed to be a bull shark. However, he punched it repeatedly in the nose and got away.
He was flown to the John Hunter Hospital for emergency surgery.
‘‘I looked down and saw a bull shark having a go at my leg – I saw his tail thrashing in the water,’’ Mr Allan said.
‘‘I just hit him as hard as I could in the nose and then once he released, I hit him with the pointy end of my surfboard.’’
Mr Allan has also handed over to authorities a tooth recovered in the ordeal, so they can confirm the species of shark.
He sustained injuries to his left thigh and left middle finger, and lost the tip of his left index finger.
A hospital spokeswoman said on Sunday that Mr Allan was no longer in their care.
Mr Allan’s family released a statement on Friday thanking those who helped him survive the attack.
‘‘The family express their gratitude to all those who assisted at the beach as well as the emergency personnel who gave such rapid assistance,’’ it said.
‘‘They also thanked staff at the John Hunter Hospital who are caring for their loved one.’’ with AAP