Central Coast beaches closed after shark attack

13 November 2017 8:28 AM

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A 25-year-old man is recovering in hospital after a suspected shark attack on the NSW Central Coast.

Surf Life Saving NSW said the "minor" shark attack happened at the lagoon at Avoca Beach. Central Coast Council lifeguards treated the man's puncture wounds while paramedics also responded to the incident.

"North Avoca and Avoca beaches are currently closed following a shark attack," the council said.

"Our thoughts are with the surfer who sustained a wound to his upper shoulder and has been taken to hospital. He is recovering well."

The Westpac Life Saver helicopter spotted a three-metre shark north of the lagoon entrance and advised lifeguards. No swimmers were in immediate danger, they said.

Early reports said the man, a 25-year-old doctor, was surfing with friends when he was attacked just before 4pm. He had left the beach and went to Gosford Hospital before the paramedics had arrived.

In October 2014, teenage surfer Kirra-Belle Olsson was attacked by a shark at Avoca Beach.

Source: theage.com.au

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