It was a very close call for 17-year-old Australian surfer Cooper Allen.
The teenager was bitten on the thigh by a great white shark at around 9:00 a.m. on Monday, just off Lighthouse Beach in the town of Ballina on the east coast. But he seems pretty okay.
A 3.5 metre (11.4 foot) shark was spotted from the air shortly after the attack and lifesavers helped to clear the water.
NSW Police said in a statement that the surfer made his own way out of the water after the attack and was treated by a nurse on the beach. He was later taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition. Read more…