Posted: 31 July, 2015
Man mauled 100m off shore
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A man has fought a shark off during an attack at Evans Head on the New South Wales north coast, as Mick Fanning reveals details of another close shave.
Police have confirmed that the victim of a shark attack on the north coast is a 52-year-old man from Evans Head.
Officers were told the man was one of two people surfing around 100 metres off shore from Main Beach, Evans Head, early this morning.
Around 6am, the surfer spotted what he believed to be a shark and shouted out to the other surfer – also a man – to get out of the water.
As he paddled towards shore, he was attacked by the shark which bit his left leg, knocking him off his board.
The man punched the shark in an attempt to scare it away but during the struggle, the shark also bit his left arm.
He eventually made it to shore where a passer-by applied a tourniquet to his leg.
Emergency Services were called to the location around 6.20am and the man was placed in an ambulance.
Two paramedics worked to stabilise the patient while a police officer began the drive to Lismore Hospital.
A short time later, a NSW Ambulance vehicle with a doctor and paramedic on board met the ambulance.
The 52-year-old man is now at Lismore Hospital undergoing treatment.
Main Beach and two other local beaches – Shark Bay and Chinamans Beach – have all been closed until 6.30am tomorrow.
It’s the third such attack in the area in recent months, including a fatal great white attack at Shelly Beach, near Ballina in February.
Mick Fanning Shaken By Second Shark
Meanwhile, Mick Fanning has had another encounter with a shark.
The three-time World Champion was chased from the water by a shark in his first surf back home since his recent terrifying brush with a white pointer in South Africa.
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Fanning’s brave return to the surf was filmed by a 60 minutes crew at Hastings Point on the Tweed Coast on the weekend as his mother Liz watched on anxiously from the beach.
A promotional advertisement for the program shows the world champion frantically scrambling onto a jet ski in the line-up.
From the safety of the sand, a concerned Fanning tells reporter Peter Stefanovic he has just seen a shark.
“There he is, straight out - I just saw it,’’ Fanning tells Stefanovic.
Peter Stefanovic spoke to Dan and Maz this morning, saying it’s really unlucky.
“We’d filmed a bit and I thought great, he’s back where he’s left off… and sure enough there was a commotion off camera and there’s Mick charging towards the shore.”
“He goes, you won’t believe it! I saw a fin… I saw a shark, that’s unbelievable!”
“There’s a lot of schools of bait fish around that part of Australia, there’s a shark attack today. So there’s this big feeding frenzy going on.”
It is believed a rattled Fanning and the 60 Minutes crew then went to another beach to film the rest of the segment.