The opponent of a surfer who was attacked by a shark this morning has described the frenzied scene as the accident unfolded.
The flatmate of a man who survived a shark attack after being bitten on the leg of the NSW Far East has described the terrible scene that the incident arose.
The 41-year-old man surfed near Belongil Beach, north of Byron Bay, at 6.40 on Sunday when he was bitten on the leg, police said in a statement.
The overseer managed to stave off the shark and swim to shore while he clung to his surfboard. Members of the public tried to treat the man while waiting for emergency services to arrive.
The man living in nearby Suffolk Park was sustained damage to his thighs.
He then came back to land on his table and warned other surfers before flying to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but steady state.
His flatmate, Dane Davidson, told the media the couple had just entered the water and paddled out when the shark – thought to be a baby Great White – hit.
"Keen for a wave this morning went a surf and had literally just paddled out of the water," he said.
"I was about 20 feet behind him (the victim), he sat down on his table and immediately hit a shark from underneath and knocked him off the table.
" There was a lot of thrashing and splashing. He started screaming, we didn't understand until we paddled back to the beach that there was a big lump taken out of his leg.
"There was a lot of blood, a lot of bleeding. The bleeding was pretty bad. We didn't see the shark, but a blocker that was out there said earlier that he saw a fine, and he expects it to be a juvenile Great White . "
The assault has given surfing rescued herds to patrol beaches around Byron Bay, sweeping jet ski areas that inform the public of the risk of swimming.
According to The Northern Star hurried four ambulance staff to the man for treatment before being transported by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service. 19659003] Belongil Beach and Main Beach have been closed for 24 hours.
It is not confirmed what kind of shark attacked the man.
Beachgoers are encouraged to follow the safety advice of Surf Life Saving NSW and by visiting the Department of Primary Industry's website www .dpi.nsw.gov.au / shark s and SharkSmart app.