BEACHES in the Evans Head area remain closed this morning, following a shark attack.
Craig Ison, 52, remains in an induced coma in a serious condition in Lismore Base Hospital following surgery on his left leg and arm.
The former boxer punched the predator when it came at him from behind during his regular morning surf on Friday.
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His friend, Geoff Hill, was with him in the water and has told how watching the attack was like seeing the shocking footage of professional surfer Mick Fanning.
“When you see your friend go under the water and then the tail of a shark thrashing around, it doesn’t take long to figure out what’s going on,” Mr Hill said.
Patrols are being carried out in waters in northern NSW this morning to determine if the beaches will be reopened.
Local Mayor Ernie Bennett has told Channel Nine, they’re also discussing ways to prevent more attacks in the area.
“Ballina Council yesterday had a meeting with some local MPs about looking for some funding for aerial surveillance,” Cr Bennett said.
“We’ve had a drone up here yesterday looking around, as well as some of the media choppers, and there were quite a few sharks spotted between here and Lennox Head.”
“Some of the community say nets should be put out. Others don’t agree with that. There’s also some that say there are extra numbers (of sharks) and there should be some culling programs.”
“It doesn’t matter what decision is made, as long as we do what we can. (In the meantime) we’ll keep an eye on it and try and protect our community.”