UPDATE: A man will undergo emergency surgery after a reported shark attack in northern NSW.
About 11.45am (Friday 4 September 2015) emergency services were called to Blackhead Beach, north of Forster after reports of an injured man being assisted from the water
A 65-year-old local man told police he was on a surf ski when he was hit by, what he believed to be, a shark.
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The man fell into the water and was able to get back on the surf ski. He managed to get closer to shore where bystanders were able to help him from the water
The injured man was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital.
The beach has been closed for 24 hours and Surf Lifesaving NSW and local councils are assessing nearby beaches.
EARLIER: A MAN has been attacked by a shark on the New South Wales mid-north coast.
Emergency services rushed to Blackhead Beach around 11.30am following reports a man had been bitten by a shark.
The 65-year-old man is reported to have sustained severe injuries to his legs.
He is expected to be airlifted to hospital shortly.
It is not yet known whether the man was surfing at the time of the attack.