A young surfer had a lucky escape after being hit by a shark at Broken Head near Byron Bay. Photo: Twitter - Geoffrey John Knapp.
A young surfer had a lucky escape after being hit by a shark at Broken Head near Byron Bay. Photo: Twitter - Geoffrey John Knapp.

Further social media reports of shark sightings

UPDATE 4.45pm: WHETHER sharks are more active today or people are more painfully aware of their movements, reports are surfacing rapidly.

Facebook user Phil Myers reported a 'bump' to a board at Lennox Head at around 3.30pm.

Dorsal Shark Reports also tweeted a sighting of a four metre great white shark at Ballina.

 

UPDATE, 3.53pm: THE Byron Bay surfer attacked by a shark says he is lucky to be alive after a shark threw him from his board while surfing at Broken Head.

Jade Fitzpatrick, speaking with News Corp Australia in his first interview since the ordeal, said he is "all good" after being stitched up at hospital.

"I just want to enjoy being alive today," he said.

"I'm all good mate."

He said he was lucky the shark, which left three puncture wounds in his leg and took chunks out of his brand new board, was very "small".

Mr Fitzpatrick, 36, was attacked just after 7.30am and was released from Byron Central Hospital hours later.

Geoffrey Knapp, who administered first aid at the scene, said the victim had been lying on his board when the shark attacked.

The fiberglass board took the brunt of the bite, Mr Knapp said.

The victim "clearly saw the tail and he got the impression that the shark was trying to knock him off his surfboard and roll him over," Mr Knapp said.

Police said  the man was surfing between Suffolk Park and Broken Head, near Byron Bay, when his leg was bitten by what is believed to be a shark.

"A friend assisted the man and drove him to Byron Bay Hospital.

"The surfer received puncture wounds to his left upper thigh; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

"Beaches are closed as a result of the incident. Officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command are working with officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries."

 

UPDATE 1.45pm: A SURFER at the scene of a shark attack at Broken Head this morning has told ABC radio about the encounter.

Geoffrey Knapp, who administered first aid at the scene, said the victim had been lying on his board when the shark attacked. The fiberglass board took the brunt of the bite, Mr Knapp said.

The victim "clearly saw the tail and he got the impression that the shark was trying to knock him off his surfboard and roll him over," Knapp told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

UPDATE 12.30pm: POLICE have released a statement following this morning's shark attack at Broken Head. 

"A man has suffered minor injuries after being bitten while surfing in the State's north this morning," the statement said.

"About 7.30am, a man aged in his 30s was surfing between Suffolk Park and Broken Head, near Byron Bay, when his leg was bitten by what is believed to be a shark.

"A friend assisted the man and drove him to Byron Bay Hospital.

"The surfer received puncture wounds to his left upper thigh; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

"Beaches are closed as a result of the incident. Officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command are working with officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries."

 

UPDATE 10am: A SPOKESWOMAN from the Northern NSW Local Area Health District confirmed the victim of this morning's shark encounter was a 36-year-old man.

He received an injury to his left leg, has been treated at Byron Central Hospital, and will soon be discharged.

 

UPDATE 9.40am: AN investigation into this morning's shark attack has been announced by the Department of Primary Industries.

DPI shark experts will assess the injured surfer's lacerations on his thigh help determine the species of shark.

Marine biologist, Daniel Bucher said the shape of the lacerations and the spacing between them are key factors to identifying the shark.

Mr Bucher said the injured surfer and witnesses of the attack will be also interviewed.

 

UPDATE 9.25am: ALL beaches across Byron Bay including the patrolled Main Beach will remain closed for at least the next 24 hours after a surfer suffered lacerations to his leg when he encountered a shark this morning.

Surf Life Saving NSW have said that the incident occurred at around 7:30am today in the stretch of water between Suffolk Park Beach and Broken Head.

The area was not patrolled at the time.

It is believed that the shark emerged from under the man while he was waiting for a wave.

The man's surfboard took the brunt of the impact with the man also suffering minor lacerations to his leg during the incident.

The man has since sought assistance at a local medical facility where he was driven to by a friend.

Police and Lifeguards have been on-scene clearing the water of swimmers and surfers, and a Duty Officer from Tweed Heads also attended.

Lifeguards from Byron Bay will be conducting a sweep of the beach periodically throughout the morning and the public is urged to avoid the area throughout today.

The species of the shark involved is not known and the matter has been referred to the NSW Department of Primary Industries for further investigation.

A decision on when to reopen the beaches will be made on Tuesday morning after consultation with all stakeholders.

 

UPDATE 9.15am: A SPOKESWOMAN for the Northern NSW Local Area Health District has confirmed that a man has been treated by a local hospital following a shark attack this morning.

The spokeswoman said the man brought himself in to the Byron Central Hospital and was triaged as non-urgent.

He had minor lacerations to the knee area. 

 

UPDATE 8.40am: A PHOTO has surfaced on Facebook following a shark attack this morning at Broken Head. 

The incident occurred around 6.30am at Broken Head, south of Byron Bay and is believed to involve a teenage male surfer.

The surfer was left with a leg injury and a damaged board.

It is unknown what type of shark was involved in the incident, but the beach has been closed.

Local Belinda Holland witnessed the incident and said it was "freaky", the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

"His board went flying into the area and he had a big chunk out of his leg and side. There was a lot of blood which was pretty freaky."

 

 

MONDAY 8.30am: THERE have been reports of a shark attack at Broken Head Beach this morning.

The attack has been said to have happened about an hour ago. 

More details to come. 



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