A female surfer, Chantelle Doyle, 35, was attacked by a two- to three-meter white shark at Shelly Beach in Port Macquarie, Australia, on Saturday morning, sustaining “severe lacerations” to her right leg. The woman was wounded in several places after being bitten on the right calf then the back of her thigh while surfing. Her husband repeatedly punched the animal to free her. Bystanders and paramedics treated the woman at the scene before was then flown to Newcastle Hospital to undergo surgery. Saturday’s attack is the third on the Mid North Coast in recent months, NSW Ambulance said.
NSW Ambulance duty operations manager Inspector Andrew Beverley. He praised people on the beach who helped the victim by applying a makeshift tourniquet.The region had experienced an unusual amount of shark activity this year. Several beaches around the Port Macquarie area would be closed for at least 24 hours, including Shelly Beach, Main Beach, Towns Beach, Tacking Point and Nobbys Beach. The area was patrolled by drones, jet-skis and inflatable rescue boats to help spot the shark. It was sighted by emergency services some time after the attack. There have been five fatal shark attacks in Australian waters in 2020. In July, Mani Hart-Deville, a 15-year-old student from Minnie Water, died after being attacked at Wooli Beach.