Aussie man fights off shark using surfboard

Elias Hubbard
November 9, 2018

A man was treated in hospital on Wednesday after fighting off a shark with his surfboard on a Northern New South Wales (NSW) State beach in Australia.

Cr Wright said even if the DPI hadn't decided not to use shark nets this summer, they would not have been in the water when a 42-year-old man was attacked while surfing just after 7am today.

Lee Jonsson's early morning confrontation with the 8ft shark at Shelley Beach in Ballina left him shocked but unaware that he had been injured.

It was only when he staggered ashore that he noticed the lacerations to his thigh.

"He came into shore, wrapped his leg up and went to Ballina Hospital", he says.

Shelly and surrounding beaches were closed for 24 hours and authorities were trying to identify the shark species.

Shark nets at Shelly Beach and four others on the north coast were removed in May after a almost five-month NSW government trial.

As part of the collaboration with Surf Life Saving NSW, drones are being trialled on the North Coast.

"It dragged him off and he fought the shark with his board", Mr Wright told AAP.

"He's now been transferred to Lismore Hospital, he's got an eight inch cut on his calf".

"He said he tried to hit the shark with board".

"This is just one of those things we urge people to take care", he said.

Dr Christidis was given immediate first aid from the group of doctors and medical practitioners he was with, and he was flown to Mackay Base Hospital in a critical condition.

The victim, Dr Daniel Christidis, 33, had been diving into the water from a paddle board while on a yacht cruise in the idyllic Whitsundays.

It's the third serious shark attack at Cid Harbour in two months with locals and holiday makers in the Whitsundays warned not to swim in the area. "We simply do not know why this is occurring and what is responsible for it", Gschwind said.

Tasmanian woman Justine Barwick and 12-year-old Melbourne girl Hannah Papps survived after being bitten on consecutive days in September.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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