Shark seriously injures surfer off Australian east coast

AP News
Posted: Aug 22, 2015 6:35 AM

SYDNEY (AP) — A shark has seriously injured a surfer as a spate of attacks continued on Australia's central east coast.

Police said the 38-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries while surfing late Saturday afternoon with a friend at Port Macquarie, 320 kilometers (200 miles) north of Sydney.

Three weeks ago, a 52-year-old surfer was seriously injured as he repeatedly punched a shark that mauled him off Evans Head, 230 kilometers (140 miles) north of Port Macquarie.

Authorities are concerned that that attack was the 11th in five months along a 20-kilometer (12-mile) stretch of northern New South Wales state coast around the tourist town of Ballina, where a 41-year-old Japanese tourist was killed on Feb. 9.