INJURED – 18 January 2012 – Redhead Beach, near Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia – surfer attacked
UPDATE: The surfer’s name is Glen Folkard. He describes how the shark followed his blood trail as he paddled back to the beach after the attack – Daily Telegraph
A surfer, aged 44 (name not released) suffered a large laceration to his upper thigh after being attacked by what is believed to be a bull shark. The shark also bit out a chunk of the man’s surfboard.
The incident happened around 5pm on Wednesday 18 January 2012 at Redhead Beach, near Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
According to press reports the man managed to paddle to shore while losing a lot of blood where he was hauled up the beach by a group of surfers. He was assisted by lifeguards before paramedics arrived and transported him to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.
A witness described the scene as if it was from the movie Jaws.
“It was kind of like Jaws, you know, the scene at the start … where everybody’s pulled out of the water and it’s a hot day and the water’s inviting.”
When they pulled him from the water “his skin was really grey, he obviously lost quite a lot of blood”.
No other details were reported.