Surfer attacked by shark near Ballina
A man has been left with a gash on his leg after being attacked by a shark on the NSW far north coast.
The 43-year-old local was bitten at Shelly Beach, near Ballina, about 7:10am today.
It is understood he fought the shark off with his surfboard and was able to paddle to shore.
The man took himself to Ballina Hospital and has since been transferred to Lismore Base Hospital.
The Surf Lifesaving duty officer in the region, Jimmy Keogh, said beaches in the area would be closed for 24 hours, at the request of police.
"You are looking at all the beaches from South Ballina beach through to Lennox Head, so we are just advising people to follow directions by lifeguards and lifesavers and police on the beach," he said.
Mr Keogh said the man's injuries were not life threatening.
More to come.
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