Man, 36, suffers a severe leg injury after being attacked by a shark

  • Man, 36, attacked by a shark at Nambucca Heads on NSW mid north coast
  • He suffered a severe leg injury while surfing at 7.15am on Sunday morning
  • He was flown to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle in a serious condition 
  • Emergency services are at the scene, where the beach is closed to the public
  • Department of Primary Industries is yet to identify the species of shark involved
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A 36-year-old man has been attacked by a shark at Nambucca Heads on the NSW mid north coast. 

He suffered a severe leg injury while surfing near Scotts Head Beach at around 7.15am on Sunday morning.

‘He swam to a nearby break wall, where a passer-by saw him and notified emergency services,’ NSW Police said in a statement.

Several beaches at Nambucca Heads (pictured) have been closed following a shark attack

Several beaches at Nambucca Heads (pictured) have been closed following a shark attack

Six ambulances and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter were at the scene, along with police.

 ‘A man was bitten on his lower right leg and suffered five deep lacerations, so there was a lot of bleeding,’ a NSW Ambulance spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.

‘He was treated at the scene before he was flown to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.’ 

A man was attacked by a shark while surfing on the NSW north coast (stock image) 

A man was attacked by a shark while surfing on the NSW north coast (stock image) 

A Department of Primary Industries spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia that the species of shark is yet to be identified. 

Beaches in the area are currently closed, including Shelley Beach and Main Beach. 

Police urged beachgoers to follow safety advice by visiting dpi.nsw.gov.au/sharks and the SharkSmart app.

More to come.

The man was flown to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle in a serious condition by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter (stock image)

The man was flown to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle in a serious condition by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter (stock image)