A brief report in the Newcastle Herald, says a fisherman (not named) was bitten on the left foot by a grey nurse shark while in the water picking up fish. He was not seriously injured and managed to sail back to nearby Nelson Bay to be treated at Tomaree Hospital. He had further treatment at John Hunter Hospital.
The incident happened around 4pm on Saturday, 25 February 2012.
UPDATE: The surfer’s name is Glen Folkard. He describes how the shark followed his blood trail as he paddled back to the beach after the attack – Daily Telegraph
A surfer, aged 44 (name not released) suffered a large laceration to his upper thigh after being attacked by what is believed to be a bull shark. The shark also bit out a chunk of the man’s surfboard.
The incident happened around 5pm on Wednesday 18 January 2012 at Redhead Beach, near Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
According to press reports the man managed to paddle to shore while losing a lot of blood where he was hauled up the beach by a group of surfers. He was assisted by lifeguards before paramedics arrived and transported him to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.
A witness described the scene as if it was from the movie Jaws.
“It was kind of like Jaws, you know, the scene at the start … where everybody’s pulled out of the water and it’s a hot day and the water’s inviting.”
When they pulled him from the water “his skin was really grey, he obviously lost quite a lot of blood”.
Surfer Dave Pearson, 48, suffered severe lacerations to his left arm and face after being attacked by a shark while surfing at Headland Beach, near Crowdy Head, New South Wales, Australia. The incident occurred around 6.30pm on Wednesday 23 March 2011.
Media reports say he was surfing with six friends and was just about to leave the water when the shark attacked.
He was dragged from the water by another surfer and treated on the beach by paramedics, before being airlifted to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital for surgery. After 5 hours of surgery, he was able to retain his arm and doctors believed he would make a full recovery.
The attack was believed to be by a 2.5 metre bull shark.
A surf lifesaver on the scene was quoted as saying Pearson was lucky to be alive – and that his board probably saved him.
“He was very lucky to come away from that without serious injuries,” he said.
“It was a really deep laceration on his forearm. A lot of damage there.
“The shark bit through his board – if it hadn’t of been there it would have ripped him in half.”
Pearson’s girlfriend told media that he’d told her (after his surgery) that the incident happened really quickly and he doesn’t remember it clearly.
Lisa Mondy, 24, was attacked by a shark after falling during a wakeboarding session at Jimmy’s Beach, Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia – about 150km north of Sydney.
The attack happened on Wednesday 16 March 2011
She suffered serious injuries to her upper left arm, neck and head. The attacked is believed to be by a great white.
Her arm was nearly severed and after a 6-7 hour operation surgeons managed to reattach it.
Witnesses told media Mondy was dragged under the water, before being rescued by her boat crew and taken to the Nelson Bay public wharf, where she was stabilised by paramedics before being airlifted to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital.
Shark experts examined her wounds and bites to the life vest she was wearing and believe the shark “came from beneath the woman up through the water column” to make the attack, which is consistent with the attack pattern of a great white.
The hospital reported she was in a stable condition after surgery.