Surfer uses surfboard to fend off shark after getting bitten

Surfer uses surfboard to fend off shark after getting bitten

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Surfer uses surfboard to fend off shark after getting bitten

A 43-year-old surfer, pulled off his surfboard by a great white shark, used the board to fend off a further attack Wednesday morning off Ballina on the north coast of New South Wales in Australia.

“It grabbed him on the leg and pulled him off the board,” Ballina mayor David Wright told Sydney’s 2GB radio, according to The Guardian. “He used the board to belt the shark away.

“He came onshore, wrapped his leg up and went to Ballina hospital. He [was later] transferred to Lismore Hospital.”

The initial attack caused an eight-inch cut on his calf. The shark was later identified as an 8 1/2-foot juvenile great white shark, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

After being pulled from his surfboard, the man saw the shark circling and coming back toward him. That’s when he used the board to strike the shark. He and his two friends then paddled into shore without further incident.

“[He was] very lucky in the circumstances,” police inspector Bill McKenna told ABC.

The attack comes on the heels of a fatal shark attack on Monday at Cid harbor in the Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef.

Also on BNQT: Surfer knocked off surfboard by a leaping spinner shark.

Daniel Christidis, a 33-year-old Melbourne urologist, was mauled on the first day of a five-day yachting vacation with friends and fellow doctors.

“We can’t be clearer: don’t swim in Cid harbor,” Queensland fisheries minister Mark Furner told The Guardian. “As local charter operators have advised, Cid harbor is primarily a site for mooring. The disposal of food scraps can attract sharks and that means no one should swim in Cid harbor under any circumstances.”

The Press and Journal reported that Christidis had been diving from a paddleboard when the shark attack occurred.

Photo of great white shark courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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