INJURED – 11 April 2006 – Cowrie Hole, New South Wales, Australia – surfer attacked

Surfer Luke Egan, 15, was bitten on the left foot while paddling his board in white water at the Cowrie Hole surf spot near Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia at 1.30pm on 11 April.

His injuries were minor. Surgeons had to remove a tooth from his big toe.

The size and type of shark were not known.

Luke told the press from his hospital bed: “I could feel my foot inside its mouth, his whole mouth was around my foot, and I just knew it was some sort of shark.

“Then I hit it and it let go and I didn’t see anything.”

Luke paddled the 40 metres back to shore thinking the shark would return. He made it to shore and hailed a lifeguard who applied pressure bandages while they waited for an ambulance.

Sydney Morning Herald

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