Beaches closed after man attacked by shark at Byron Bay

UPDATE: All beaches across Byron Bay have been closed for 24 hours following a shark attack on the New South Wales north coast this morning.

The man, thought to be in his late 30s, was surfing in the stretch of water between Suffolk Park Beach and Broken Head when he was attacked just after 7.30am.

Surf lifesaving NSW says it’s believed the shark emerged from under the man while he was waiting for a wave.


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Miraculously, he escaped with only minor bite marks to his left thigh, while the shark appears to have taken a chunk out of his board.

Police and Lifeguards have been on-scene clearing the water of swimmers and surfers.

Lifeguards from Byron Bay will be conducting a sweep of the beach throughout the morning with the public urged to avoid the area throughout the day.

The species of the shark involved is not known and the matter has been referred to the NSW Department of Primary Industries for further investigation.

The area was not patrolled at the time of the attack.

EARLIER: A man has had a lucky escape after a suspected shark attack near Byron Bay, on the New South Wales north coast.

The 29-year-old was surfing at Broken Head beach when he was attacked around 6.30am.

Miraculously, he escaped with only minor bite marks to his left thigh, while the shark appears to have taken a chunk out of his board.

A photo posted on social media shows several teeth puncture wounds on the injured man’s leg and bite marks on his surfboard.

It comes just a day after dozens gathered at Ballina’s Lighthouse Beach to protest against shark nets being installed in the area.

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