Fighting off shark


SYDNEY — A surfer fought off a shark with his board after being bitten in the leg on Wednesday on Australia’s east coast, authorities said, just days after a swimmer died in another attack.

The 43-year-old was surfing off popular tourist spot Shelly Beach in Ballina some 750 kilometers (460 miles) north of Sydney, when a shark ripped into his left calf, New South Wales state police said.

“It grabbed him on the leg and pulled him off the board. He used the board to belt the shark away,” Ballina mayor David Wright told Sydney radio station 2GB.

Wright said the man suffered a 20-centimeter cut to his leg, then “came in to shore, wrapped his leg up” and was taken to hospital.

He added that the shark was believed to be about 1.5-meters long.

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