UPDATE 11:00AM AEDT: A MAN has been airlifted to hospital with severe leg and arm injuries after his surfboard was bitten in half by a shark on the NSW Mid North Coast.
The man, said to be aged in his 60s, was surfing at Seven Mile Beach at Booty Point, south of Forster, when he was attacked by what is believed to have been a great white shark around 9:20am AEDT.
It’s understood the man suffered serious injuries to his lower leg and arm. Miraculously, police said the injured man managed to swim back to shore and contact emergency services.
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He was treated by paramedics at the scene and has since been airlifted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to the John Hunter Hospital. Police say he is in a stable condition.
The man’s surfboard was bitten in half, as depicted in images uploaded to social media.
As a result of the attack, Seven Mile Beach has been closed until further notice.
Police say they are working with officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries.
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FIRST: EMERGENCY services are responding to reports of a shark attack on the NSW Mid North Coast.
Early reports suggest a man in his 60s was bitten at Booti Booti, south of Forster, just after 9am AEDT.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has been dispatched to the scene. The man’s condition is not yet known.