Surfer in stable condition after Australian shark attack
SYDNEY - Police say a teenage surfer is in a stable condition after he was bitten by a shark at the same Australian beach where a Japanese surfer was fatally mauled last year.
A police statement says the 17-year-old sustained a single bite wound to his hip as he surfed off Ballina's Lighthouse Beach early today.
He made his own way from the water to the beach where he was assisted by a nurse who happened to be in the area.
He was taken to Lismore Base Hospital, where he is in stable condition.
In February last year, a 41-year-old Japanese tourist lost both his legs to a great white shark while surfing at Lighthouse Beach.