Teacher Fights Off Great White Shark With Surfboard In ‘Terrifying’ Attack

An image made from video shows the beach where a shark attack occurred in Ballina Australia on Wednesday

An image made from video shows the beach where a shark attack occurred in Ballina Australia on Wednesday

A 43-year-old surfer, pulled off his surfboard by a great white shark, used the board to fend off a further attack Wednesday morning off Ballina on the north coast of New South Wales in Australia. "He transferred to Lismore Hospital".

SMART drumlines were deployed off Shelly Beach and adjacent beaches early this morning at around the time of the incident.

Beaches around the Ballina area are expected to be closed for at least 24 hours after a request from police.

Mr Keogh said the man's injuries were not life threatening.

A Northern NSW Local Health District spokeswoman said the 43-year-old East Ballina man was in a stable condition.

Ballina Mayor David Wright said the surfer described the shark as about 1.5-metres long.

"He said he tried to hit the shark with board".

Cr Wright said he was unsure if the SMART drumlines were now out in the water.

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"Sometimes things might get a bit lax after time and I'll be pushing to Surf Life Saving and DPI that. when we ask for extra stuff that we get it, and hopefully we'll have a safe summer".

Rescue helicopter crew member Ben McCauley, who accompanied all three Cid Harbor shark attack victims on the 100-kilometer (60-mile) flights from Cid Harbor to Mackay Base Hospital, said his role had taken a personal toll.

"We understand the man had lacerations and a bite on his calf", she said.

DPI continues to work with other agencies including NSW Police Marine Area Command and Surf Life Saving NSW, and will continue to monitor the situation and provide any technical advice and resources if required.

"Our drone operators will hit the skies to see if they can locate anything", she said.

The attack comes on the heels of a fatal shark attack on Monday at Cid harbor in the Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef.

The victim, Dr Daniel Christidis, 33, had been diving into the water from a paddle board while on a yacht cruise in the idyllic Whitsundays. In September, two Australian tourists were mauled on consecutive days, one a 12-year-old girl who lost a leg.

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