INJURED — 15 October 2007 — The Pass, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia — surf skier attacked
Linda Whitehurst, 52, was attacked by a 2.5 metre Great White shark while paddling a surf ski about 150 metres from shore at The Pass, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.
The attack occurred at around 11.30am on Monday 15 October 2007.
Whitehurst and her husband were paddling separate skis when the shark bit the back of her ski knocking her into the water. She punched the shark several times with her paddle until it swam away.
Her husband was quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald as saying: “[The shark] literally lifted itself in the back of Linda’s boat … and had the back of the boat in its mouth and gave it a shake.”
After the shark swam off Whitehurst managed to make it back to shore and went to Byron Bay Hospital where she received a few stitches for a small wound in her arm.
Sydney Morning Herald