A surfer has undergone surgery and is said to be in an induced coma after he was mauled by a shark in Ballina on Tuesday.
Sam Morgan was surfing on his own when was attacked at Lighthouse Beach at around 6:30pm. He managed to make it back to the beach, where others came to his aid.
The 20-year-old and aspiring professional surfer suffered serious wounds to his left thigh and was flown to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
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He remains in a stable condition in an induced coma.
The Department of Primary Industries believes the shark was possibly a bull shark around 2.8 to 3.1 metres long.
At least 14 shark attacks have been recorded in NSW this year. Bodyboarder Mat Lee suffered a serious attack at the same beach as Morgan in July and nearby at Shelley Beach Japanese surfer Tadashi Nakahara, 41, died after he was attacked on February 9.
Police have closed Lighthouse Beach for 24 hours and have been investigating the attack.