UPDATE 9:30pm: The surfer bitten this afternoon by what witnesses have hinted at may have been a bull shark, has been identified as Ballina local surfer Sam Morgan.
Sam’s friends have rallied behind him, supporting the talented local surfer whilst witnesses and the local community begin to absorb the shock of yet another serious shark attack on the northern NSW coastline.
One friend who was with Sam this afternoon posted the following on his facebook a short while ago –
“Sam that was the most surreal experience I’ve ever had to go through. Hold together brother”
Sam’s condition is not fully understood at this stage, however witnesses have said the bite appeared to be very serious.
Sam is no stranger to the area and to surfing, being a long-time local and a competitive surfer with a flare for aerial surfing.
Earlier: Reports are coming in that a 20-year-old surfer has been rushed to hospital after being attacked by a shark at Lighthouse Beach in Ballina this afternoon.
The incident occurred near where bodyboarder Mathew Lee almost lost his life to a great white shark earlier this year.
The man informed police that he was bitten by a shark whilst out surfing at about 6:25pm NSW time (5:25pm QLD). He apparently made it in on his own and came from the water unassisted until onlookers were able to take over and help.