Surf Lifesaving NSW has decided to close a Gerroa beach for 24 hours in the wake of a shark attack this afternoon.
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A 24-year-old Sydney man sustained injuries to his arm and leg when a shark bit him during a surf lesson at Seven Mile Beach at about 12.25pm.
A Kiama surf lifesaving spokesman told Fairfax Media fellow surfers administered first aid on the beach and carried the patient down the bush track to paramedics.
The man was then airlifted to St Georges Hospital in Sydney in a stable condition.
“The water quality’s pretty good at the moment, I think the surfer was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” the spokesman said.
“The surfers on scene treated him really well, they administered first aid properly.
“We will make an assessment at midday tomorrow to see if we open Seven Mile Beach again.
“For those who want to swim at the beach, Werri Beach will be open as normal, patrolled by volunteers.”
Beachgoers are urged to follow safety advice by visiting the Department of Primary Industry’s website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/sharks and the SharkSmart app.
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