Surfer uses board to fend off shark attack

Lester Mason
November 10, 2018

Government shark experts measured the tooth imprints in Jonsson's surfboard and concluded a juvenile great white shark 2.6 meters (9 feet) long was responsible.

Mr Samuels said there would be an "ongoing evaluation throughout the day".

"He grabbed him on the leg and pulled him off the board".

The DPI earlier this year released findings from the second shark meshing trial, which found the majority of marine life caught in the nets were non-target species. "He used the board to belt the shark away", he told 2GB.

Local beaches are expected to remain closed until Thursday with authorities on high alert for further shark activity around Ballina.

Cr Wright said even if the DPI hadn't decided not to use shark nets this summer, they would not have been in the water when a 42-year-old man was attacked while surfing just after 7am today.

Shark nets at Shelly Beach and four others on the north coast were removed in May after a almost five-month NSW government trial.

After repelling the shark, he managed to get himself back to the beach and apply a tourniquet to the 20cm gaping wound before driving himself to Ballina Hospital.


Police said the bite was not life threatening. That's when he used the board to strike the shark.

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

Spokeswoman Donna Wishart said they were informed a man in his 40s took himself to hospital at Ballina this morning after a shark attack.

Shelly Beach near Ballina in far northern New South Wales, Australia.

"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.

"In the meantime we ask people to avoid going into the water at Ballina".

Mr Christidis, 33, was sharing a paddle board with a female friend in Cid when he was attacked about 5.35pm on Monday, and suffered severe injuries to his left thigh, right calf and left wrist. In September, two Australian tourists were mauled on consecutive days, one a 12-year-old girl who lost a leg.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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