Page 1 of 1

01/03/2012 Michael Wells - Australia -

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:08 am
by alb
--Shark attack 2012 A surfer has been attacked by a shark at North Avoca Beach on the New South Wales Central Coast. Australia--

Shark bites surfer on NSW beach

A surfer has been attacked by a shark at North Avoca Beach on the New South Wales Central Coast.

The shark bit the 28-year-old man while he was surfing at around 8pm (AEDT) Tuesday evening.

NSW Ambulance says the man felt his arm go underneath the surfboard and immediately paddled back to shore to raise the alarm.

The man sustained a five-centimetre puncture wound to his right forearm and another puncture wound to his right wrist.

He was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to Gosford Hospital in a stable condition.

Rick Parsons, president of the local Surf Lifesaving Club, said witnesses reported the shark was brown and about 1.8 metres long.

He said it could have been a bronze whaler, which was recently sighted at nearby Terrigal Beach.

He said the attack was extremely uncommon.

"I've never known of a shark attack on North Avoca and I've been involved with the surf club for the past 20 years," he said.

A spokesman for Gosford Hospital said the surfer was in a satisfactory condition and that doctors were taking X-rays of his arm.

He may not even need stitches, he said.

Re: 01/03/2012 Michael Wells ( Australia )

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:07 pm
by alb
Holidaymakers flee great white sharks spotted off Hawks Nest beach, Newcastle

HUNDREDS of holidaymakers were evacuated from the water at a popular New South Wales beach after three great white sharks were spotted lurking close to shore.

Crew aboard the Hunter Westpac rescue helicopter spotted the predators just 50m off Hawks Nest beach north of Newcastle shortly before 11am, yesterday prompting lifeguards to sound the shark alarm.

Helicopter crew chief Pete Cummings said each of the white pointers was estimated to be 3m long.

"They were all pretty close to shore and one especially was swimming quite close to the main swimming area at Hawks Nest," he said. "One would have only been about 40m out."

The water was cleared while lifeguards searched for the sharks but the beach was reopened later in the day without incident.

The scare came just a week after Michael Wells, 28, was attacked by a shark while surfing at North Avoca beach on the Central Coast.

Marine experts have warned that warmer water and huge schools of baitfish are luring sharks closer to many popular holiday beaches.

The conditions have led to a surge of shark sightings along the NSW coast since the Christmas-New Year holidays break began.