INJURED – 12 February 2009 – Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia – surfer attacked

A 23-year-old surfer was attacked by shark while surfing at the southern end of Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. The surfer (name not immediately released) was bitten on the left hand and arm, according to media reports.

The incident occurred around 7.30pm on Thursday, 12 February 2009.

“He said he felt a tug on his arm. When he looked down he saw a bad bite on his left hand and arm,” a police spokesman was quoted as saying.

He yelled for help and nearby surfers assisted him to shore. Some off-duty doctors on the beach helped stem the bleeding.

A witness on the beach told ABC news: “He was conscious, his eyes were open, he was very pale and looked quite distressed.”

He was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital for surgery.

It is the second shark attack in Sydney’s waters in two days.

A navy diver lost his right hand after being bitten by a shark the previous day during a training exercise in Sydney Harbour.

Sources

Reuters

ABC News

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