Shark attack victim given blood transfusion on scene

UPDATED at 10:50 AM | A MAN attacked by a shark on the NSW Mid North Coast lost so much blood, he needed to be given a blood transfusion on the scene, it has been revealed.

The man, 36, was surfing near Scotts Head Beach at Nambucca Heads when he was mauled on the leg about 7.15am.

Despite his horrific injuries, the surfer managed to swim to a nearby break wall and flag down a passer-by for help.


The Westpac Rescue Helicopter and six ambulance crews were dispatched to the beach where a team of doctors and paramedics worked together to treat and stabilise the man.

NSW Ambulance Chief Inspector Brian Parsell said the surfer “lost a fair amount blood” in the water and required a blood transfusion on the scene.

“The gentleman was found to have lost a fair amount of blood (and) has been given a blood transfusion by the medical team from the helicopter,” he said.

Paramedics said the man was “conscious and extremely brave” throughout the ordeal.

It’s understood the man suffered multiple deep lacerations to his leg.

He was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle in a serious but stable condition.

Beaches in the area have been closed and are likely to remain closed for the rest of the day.

FIRST at 9:20 AM (By Rachel Junge) | A man has been flown to hospital after being bitten by a shark on NSW’s Mid North Coast.

It’s believed the 36-year-old was surfing near Scotts Head Beach at Nambucca Heads on Sunday morning, when the attack happened.

Despite the serious injuries to his lower leg, he managed swam to a nearby break wall, where a passer-by saw him and notified emergency services.

Crews arrived about 7.15am and the man was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics.

A helicopter was also called-in and has transported the man to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, in a serious but stable condition.

Beaches in the area are currently closed, including Shelley Beach and Main Beach.