A surfer has come to the rescue of a woman being mauled by a shark near Port Macquarie, repeatedly punching the beast before it lets go.
On Saturday, after the woman was targeted while surfing, paramedics were called to Shelly Beach on NSW’s mid-north coast at around 9:30am.
The 35-year-old had been rushed with severe leg injuries to Port Macquarie Base Hospital, but has since been transported to Newcastle where she will undergo surgery.
Police said when she was bitten on the right calf and back of her thigh the woman and a man were surfing.
Her companion was forced to punch the shark before he let go and at the time of the attack the woman, who is a lifesaver too.
“This is the third serious shark attack on the north coast over the last few months,” Andrew Beverley said in a statement.
Reports earlier had said the woman was 20.
Five fatal shark attacks took place in Australian waters in the year 2020.
A 10-year-old boy suffered trauma and injuries in July when he was pulled off a fishing boat about five kilometres offshore from Stanley in northwest Tasmania by a shark.