Media Release

New Zealand Police

Saturday, 8 February 2014

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Porpoise Bay shark attack

MEDIA RELEASE      (As at 2245hrs, 7/2/14)

At approximately 8.20pm on Friday, 7 February a surfer off Porpoise Bay Beach near Curio Bay was bitten by a shark.

The surfer, a 28 year old man was on his board about 50m out from the beach when the shark attacked.  The man received three bite wounds to his leg from his thigh to his calf.

The man was flown by rescue helicopter to Southland Hospital where he is in a stable condition.

The Department of Conservation have been notified.  Notices are being put up in the vicinity of Porpoise Bay advising of this attack and requesting people to not swim in this area until further notification from DOC.

John PINE
Senior Sergeant
Invercargill Police

The parties involved have requested that personal details not be released to the media.

Source: NZ Police