A woman has been rushed to hospital after suffering serious injuries in a suspected shark attack on the state’s Mid North Coast this morning.
Emergency services were called to Shelly Beach in Port Macquarie around 10.00am on Saturday, following reports a woman had been bitten by a shark.
Upon arrival, they found a 35-year-old woman suffering significant leg injuries.
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“Police were told the woman and a man were surfing when she was bitten on the right calf then the back of her thigh,” NSW police said.
“Her companion was forced to punch the fish until it let go.”
The woman was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Port Macquarie Hospital in a stable condition.
She is expected to be airlifted to Newcastle Hospital shortly, where she will undergo surgery.
Beaches in the area have been closed for the next 24 hours.
Police say officers are working with NSW Fisheries to identify the species involved, however there’s reports it was a juvenile Great White.