News

Shark attack leaves surfer Craig Ison in critical condition

Craig Ison
Craig Ison Contributed

EVANS Head resident Craig Ison remained in a critical condition at Gold Coast University Hospital last night after being mauled by a suspected Great White Shark at Evans Head on Friday.

The attack was compared to that on triple world surfing champion Mick Fanning, who created global headlines when he fought off a suspected great white shark during a contest at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, last month.

Mr Ison, a former boxer, was likened to Fanning, who famously declared he punched the shark in the back to fight it off.

After surgery at Lismore Base Hospital on Friday, Mr Ison was flown to the Gold Coast on Saturday for further surgery.

MORE NEWS:

Mr Ison's partner, Jenny Brown, told media outside Lismore Base Hospital he would paddle back out into the waves again after he recovered.

"He's tough, he'll be all right," Ms Brown said. "He lives for it, so I think he'll go back out," he said.

On Saturday morning, two great whites within 50 metres of a lone surfer at Evans Head were captured on drone footage.

When warned of the sharks' presence, the surfer remained in the water.

Beaches at Evans Head remained closed for 48 hours following Friday's attack.

Police and surf lifesavers declared the area safe on Sunday morning and beaches from Shark Bay to Chinaman's Beach were reopened.

Shark sightings in the Ballina and Lennox Head areas forced the closure of beaches in the Ballina Shire yesterday.

The situation would be reassessed this morning.

Topics:  craig ison, evans head, shark attack




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Byron Bay Viking supports Seth Sentry

TOUR: The Viking N3 has been announced as a local support for Seth Sentry in Brunswick Heads on July 1.

Byron's The Viking N3 will be supporting Seth Sentry in Brunswick

Rainforest restoration celebrating 30 years at Rocky Creek Dam

From Left: Anthony Acret (Rous Water), Kelvin Davies (Rainforest Trust Australia), Dr Tony Parkes (Big Scrub Landcare) and Stuart Anderson (Flow™ Hive) at the recent launch of the 18th Annual Big Scrub Rainforest Day.

Launch of 18th annual Big Scrub Rainforest Day

Solution to problem waste in the garage

FREE DISPOSAL: Community Recycling Centres came online today at Ballina and Byron Bay where residents can drop off, for free, paint, gas bottles, oils and batteries. At the Ballina centre (from left) Ballina Waste Management Centre's Jenny Hellyer, Ballina mayor Cr David Wright, Ben Franklin MLC and North East Waste's Karen Rudkin.Photo Graham Broadhead / Ballina Shire Advocate

Community Recycling Centres were opened at Ballina and Byron Bay.

Latest deals and offers

Preview of $10 million Lismore office block

Bennett Construction director Darryl Piper discusses work on the new four-storey...

Hey Mumma - Working mums vs fulltime mums

Working mums vs full time mums

Hey Mumma - Working mums vs fulltime mums

Clive Palmer to re-open refinery

Clive Palmer on ABC radio.

Clive Palmer talks about his achievements, election chances and re-opening the...

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%

DIY: How to build a backyard fire pit

DIY stars and Weekend magazine columnists Ayden and Jess Hogan.

Would you build this for your backyard?