Ballina beaches open again after shark attack
BEACHES along the Ballina coastline have reopened this morning following Tuesday's attack on local surfer Sam Morgan.
The aspiring pro surfer ranked 33 in the World Surf League Australasian Junior Rankings was bitten by what was believed to be a three metre bull shark at Ballina's Lighthouse Beach about 6:15pm on Tuesday.
Bystanders used a leg rope to try to stop the bleeding from a large wound on the 20-year-old's left thigh.
He was airlifted to the Gold Coast University hospital and rushed straight into emergency surgery.
This morning Mr Morgan's condition was listed as serious but stable.
Following the attack lifeguards closed beaches along the Ballina coastline for 24 hours.
Frequent shark patrols from both the air and the water were conducted yesterday.
This morning life savers removed the beach closed signs, reopening beaches more than 24 hours after Tuesday's attack, the 14th in NSW this year and the fifth on Ballina beaches.