INJURED – 11 January 2009 – Fingal Head, New South Wales, Australia – surfer attacked

surfer_thigh_biteJonathon Beard, a 31-year-old surfer, was bitten on the left thigh by a shark while surfing about 70 metres offshore of South Fingal beach, New South Wales, Australia. The attack occurred around 9.30am (local time) on Sunday,11 January 2009.

A lifeguard at the scene said the man was surfing with three friends when he was attacked.

"Witnesses indicate that there were a number of dolphins close to the group … and the next minute there was a violent splashing in the water,” the lifeguard said.

The shark attack left a 40-centimetre wound between the knee and his left hip

"The good news is that no major arteries or bones were destroyed."

The victim’s surfer friends brought him to shore and used the leg rope as a tourniquet and applied towels to stem the bleeding.

The victim was airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital where he was reported in a stable condition.

The type of shark was not known.

Sources:

Sydney Morning Herald

ABC

Photo credit:

Adelaide Now

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