UPDATE @ February 17 2019 10.30am | THE FRIEND of a shark attack victim has told of the bloody scene that he encountered on a Byron Bay beach on Sunday morning.
Dane Davidson has recounted the horror to the ABC, describing how there was “a lot of bleeding” after his flatmate was attacked as they paddled out off Belongil Beach for a surf around sunrise.
“My mate got out the back and sat up on his board and instantly a shark smashed from underneath and knocked him clean off his board,” Mr Davidson said.
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“There was a lot of thrashing and splashing,” he explained before admitting that the extent of the attack was not clear at first.
“I paddled with him back to the beach and didn’t realise until we were on the beach that there was a big chunk taken out of his leg.
“There was a lot of blood, a lot of bleeding.
“Me and a random bloke on the beach jumped in and wrapped the leg ropes around his leg, because the bleeding was pretty bad.
“Hopefully that prevented him from losing a lot of blood.”
Multiple ambulance crews and a helicopter were called to Manfred Street, around 6.40am, where they treated the 41-year-old from Suffolk Park.
He was then air-lifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
EARLIER @ 7am | A SURFER has managed to paddle to safety, after being attacked by a shark on the New South Wales north coast.
Emergency services were called to Manfred Street in Byron Bay around 6:40am on Sunday, to find the 41-year-old with bite wounds to his leg.
It’s believed the Suffolk Park local had been surfing near Belongil Beach when he was bitten on the leg, but was able to return to shore on his board and raise the alarm.
He was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics, before being air-lifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
It’s not known what breed of shark was involved, but Belongil Beach and Main Beach have been closed for 24-hours.