Articles tagged with "shark"

Shark attack at Broken Head

Posted by: on July 30th, 2009

Shark attack off Broken Head

By Saffron Howden | 30th July 2009

A 14-year-old surfer was thrown into the air and left with a graze and a punctured wetsuit after a shark made a bee-line for his board this morning near Byron Bay.

The Northern Star understands the local boy, who was surfing off Broken Head, was paddling back out from the shore when he and the shark collided.

The impact caused the boy to fly into the air and his wet suit was swiped and punctured, leaving him grazed.

via Shark attack off Broken Head | NSW News | Byron Shire News.

Beach closed after south coast shark attack – ABC News

Posted by: on June 27th, 2009

A man was bitten on the leg while surfing near Crooked River on Seven Mile Beach at Gerroa, just before 9:00am (AEST).

He was taken to Shoalhaven hospital where he received more than 50 stitches.

But his injury was not regarded serious enough for him to be admitted overnight and he was discharged this afternoon.

ABC: Beach closed after south coast shark attack – ABC News Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Here’s the story in the Mercury (not much extra detail)

RealSurf in the media (it’s all because of the sharks)

Posted by: on March 3rd, 2009

Your webmaster had a call from Sydney Morning Herald journalist Malcolm Knox yesterday, and ‘lo this morning he sees his casual quotes displayed in glorious black and light grey on the front page of said paper. (Always a thrill for a long time SMH subscriber!)

Here’s Malcolm’s rather nicely formed lead…

ANY serious surfer knows the best waves are at dawn and dusk, when the light is soft, the wind drops and the swell gathers into distinct glassy lines. Any serious surfer also knows that dawn (ask Avalon’s Andrew Lindop) and dusk (ask Bondi’s Glenn Orgias) are the times of day most favoured by the creature known, fearfully yet affectionately, as Man in the Grey Suit.

So do three serious attacks in three weeks threaten the great traditions of dawn patrol and evening glass-off? (click here to read the story)

And thanks to our man in NZ, the mighty Bruce, we learn that our humble site has picked up a mention in the august NZ Herald. Looks like a quick subbing and repackaging for the local audience of Malcolm’s story, but we’re not complaining. Here’s a sample:

Surf expert Don Norris told the newspaper [SMH] that good waves will trump shark sighting fears every time for surfers.

A survey of 600-plus people on his Realsurf website days after the attack on Mr Orgias showed less than 20 per cent of surfers were only ‘mildly worried’.
(click here to read the whole story)

Shark attack Avalon Sunday morning

Posted by: on March 1st, 2009

According to the SMH, 15-year-old Andrew Lindop has come through surgery and is in good spirits. The bite, says the Herald went through to the bone. But the tourniquet applied by his father (see our original report below) and possibly the fact he was wearing a steamer, likely saved his life.   Best wishes for a quick recovery.

The reaction on RealSurf forums.

The Story as covered by the Sydney Morning Herald.

The story as covered by Channel 9.

How we covered this on Sunday…

No details beyond the following: Man and son surfing Avalon. Son bitten by shark with extensive injuries on upper legs. Airlifted to hospital.

ABC NEWS RADIO: shark attack Avalon report

RealSurf reporter PB just happened to be in Avalon a few minutes after the report came on the radio. He spoke to a group of people who knew the injured lad. PB was told that the attack occurred at around 0630 this morning when the 15-year-old and his father were surfing at North Av. His father, Charles, a long time member of Avalon SLSC was able to tourniquet the injury almost immediately with a leggie and then get his son to the beach. A buggy from the SLSC came down to provide oxygen, first aid etc before it moved him to a location for evacuation. Bystanders report that the bite went through to the bone, but their opinion was that the boy was going to pull through.

All beaches from Bungan to Palm Beach are said to be closed

0900: updated story on ABC news radio:
0900 update on Avalon Shark attack : ABC News Radio

1200: surfer described as stoic, rated pain as 10 out of 10, ABC News Radio
Avalon shark attack: noon update (1/3/09) from ABC News radio
Next update when we hear any more news

audio: Bondi Shark story on ABC radio national

Posted by: on February 13th, 2009

Bondi shark attack story, Radio National 13 Feb 09

Another shark bite

Posted by: on February 12th, 2009

A surfer has been bitten at Bondi. According to a report on ABC online. Apparently the attack occurred at around 730 pm. The Herald site says: A SURFER was injured on the hand and carried to shore by a friend on a surfboard tonight after the second shark attack in Sydney in two days.

This from NSW Police:

Man injured in suspected shark attack – Bondi
Thursday, 12 Feb 2009 09:44pm

A man is being treated in St Vincent’s Hospital tonight for severe arm injuries after a suspected shark attack.

The 33-year-old man was surfing at the southern end of Bondi Beach about 7.30pm when he was bitten on the left arm, suffering severe injuries.

He cried for help and was assisted to shore by a number of other surfers.

Off-duty doctors, who were on the beach at the time, rendered immediate assistance.

The victim, from Dover Heights, was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital where he is reported to be in a serious condition.

He told police at the scene he did not see what had bitten him.

And the ABC site says The man had been surfing at Bondi Beach after sunset when the attack happened.

Here’s the ABC link: