Dave Pearson is taken to hospital after being attacked by a shark while surfing
Surfer Dave Pearson, 48, suffered severe lacerations to his left arm and face after being attacked by a shark while surfing at Headland Beach, near Crowdy Head, New South Wales, Australia. The incident occurred around 6.30pm on Wednesday 23 March 2011.
Media reports say he was surfing with six friends and was just about to leave the water when the shark attacked.
He was dragged from the water by another surfer and treated on the beach by paramedics, before being airlifted to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital for surgery. After 5 hours of surgery, he was able to retain his arm and doctors believed he would make a full recovery.
The attack was believed to be by a 2.5 metre bull shark.
A surf lifesaver on the scene was quoted as saying Pearson was lucky to be alive – and that his board probably saved him.
“He was very lucky to come away from that without serious injuries,” he said.
“It was a really deep laceration on his forearm. A lot of damage there.
“The shark bit through his board – if it hadn’t of been there it would have ripped him in half.”
Pearson’s girlfriend told media that he’d told her (after his surgery) that the incident happened really quickly and he doesn’t remember it clearly.
No other details were reported.