Australian surfer 'luckiest man on earth' after surviving 3.5 metre great white shark attack

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A surfer had a narrow escape when a giant shark snapped his board, tore his hip and flung him into the air off the Australian east coast.

Abe McGrath, 35, was surfing at Iluka on the north coast of New South Wales yesterday when what he described as a 3.5 metre great white shark attacked the board from underneath, a police statement said.

“As a result of the impact, the board has snapped.

“The injured victim has gone into the air and then re-entered the water,” the statement said.

Snapped: The shark bit the board in two.

“He has told police the shark began to circle and then turned away,” police said.

Fortunate: Abe McGrath, 35, is now recovering from his injuries.

Officers said Mr McGrath grabbed half his board and surfed to shore, and his friends drove him to Ballina Hospital.

Warning: The beach is on the coast of New South Wales.

He was then flown to Lismore Hospital for further treatment and dscharged last night.

The shark’s teeth tore Mr McGrath’s wetsuit and left a gash on his right hip.

His friend Bryce Cameron told Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper: “He is pretty much the luckiest man on Earth right now.”


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