Man bitten in suspected shark attack at Lake Macquarie

A man will undergo surgery after being bitten on the arm in the Lake Macquarie area this afternoon.

About 6.30pm (Saturday 23 January 2021), emergency services were called to Yoorala Road, Lake Macquarie, following reports of a shark attack.

NSW Ambulance paramedics treated a 58-year-old man at the scene for injuries to his left arm before he was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital, where he will undergo surgery.

Police were told the man and a woman was swimming in the lake when he was bitten on his arm. The woman, aged 56, helped pull him to shore.

Officers attached to Lake Macquarie Police District are working with NSW Fisheries to identify the species.

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