Man bitten by shark, NSW

A man has been flown to hospital after being bitten by a shark on the state’s Mid North Coast, NSW Police say.

Emergency services were called to Wellington Drive, Nambucca Heads, about 7.15am today (Sunday 9 December 2018), after reports a 36-year-old man was surfing near Scotts Head Beach when he bitten on the leg by a shark.

He swam to a nearby break wall, where a passer-by saw him and notified emergency services.

He was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics, before being flown to John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Beaches in the area are currently closed, including Shelley Beach and Main Beach.

Officers from Mid North Coast Police District will liaise with Department of Primary Industry to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Beachgoers are urged to follow safety advice by visiting the Department of Primary Industry’s website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/sharks and the SharkSmart app.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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