Second Australia Shark Attack
January 19, 2012 by staff
The new victim, reported by to be a 26-year-old tour operator, was bitten today while swimming near Coral Bay, an idyllic vacation spot 1137km north of Perth.
Witnesses told police said the shark was a 3m tiger shark, a large species considered dangerous to humans.
A spokeswoman for The Royal Flying Doctor said the patient was expected to be flown to Perth for treatment for a non-life-threatening bite to his arm.
News of the attack came as it emerged that a shark which attacked a 44-year-old surfer at a popular beach on Australia’s east coast yesterday would have swum past shark nets – put in place in a bid to protect people in the water.
Tattoo artist Glen “Lennie” Folkard was bitten on the thigh by a two metre shark – which locals believe was either a baby great white or a bull shark – about 4:40pm while surfing at Redhead Beach, near Newcastle north of Sydney.
He screamed for help and climbed back on his board, bleeding heavily – then paddled to safety while the shark gave chase and fellow surfers tried to help.
He underwent surgery for a deep laceration to his leg on Wednesday night and was in a stable condition today
Roughly 24km of the eastern coastline, closed to beachgoers in the wake of the attack, was reopened today, with the local council announcing extra helicopter and jet ski patrols to watch for sharks.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries also confirmed that shark nets were in place at the beach when the attack occurred.
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