Craig Ison airlifted to Gold Coast as condition worsens
UPDATE, 4.30pm: Surfer Craig Ison was airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital this morning with family and friends now facing an anxious wait for his condition to improve.
Surgeons had operated on Mr Ison's left leg and arm at Lismore Base Hospital yesterday following his shark attack ordeal, and it was expected the 52-year-old would make a full recovery there.
However following the operation his condition worsened yesterday afternoon and this morning doctors made the decision to airlift the former champion boxer to the larger hospital on the Gold Coast.
INITIAL REPORT: SHARK attack victim Craig Ison's condition was initially thought to be under control yesterday however "complications" developed following surgery, according to friends.
His exact condition this morning remains unknown.
Close friend Tom Augustine told The Daily Telegraph yesterday there were "problems with arteries or veins bursting" and it was reported his condition had seriously deteriorated.
Mr Augustine was unable to speak this morning when contacted by The Northern Star.
Meanwhile, beaches across Evans Head will remain closed for another 24 hours as surf life savers patrolling the area sighted huge schools of baitfish close to shore.
Surf Life Saving Far North Coast duty officer Jimmy Keough said lifesavers had consulted with local police and Richmond Valley Council before opting to maintain the beach closure early this morning.
All beach around Evans Head are closed, including Main Beach, Shark Bay, Chinamans Beach, and Airforce Beach.
They will be reassessed at first light tomorrow morning.