A man has been seriously injured while surfing at East Ballina this afternoon.
About 6.25pm (NSW time) emergency services responded to reports of a 20-year-old man who had been bitten while surfing at Lighthouse Beach.
He made his own way out of the water and was assisted by other beachgoers.
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The man sustained serious wounds to his left thigh.
He has been taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Emergency services remain on site. The beach has been closed for a minimum of 24 hours.