Seven Mile Beach at Gerroa, south of Sydney, was closed after the shark attack. Picture: Kim Ihnatko
Seven Mile Beach at Gerroa, south of Sydney, was closed after the shark attack. Picture: Kim Ihnatko

Man bitten by shark during surf lesson

A man has been flown to hospital after being bitten by a shark while taking a surfing lesson at a beach south of Sydney.

New South Wales Police said the 24-year-old was attacked in the ocean at Seven Mile Beach at Gerroa, north of Nowra, at about 1pm on Saturday.

The Sydney man had been taking part in a surf lesson when the incident occurred. The species of shark is not known.

NSW Ambulance Duty Operations Manager Inspector Jordan Emery told the ABC the man was in water up to his waist at the time of the attack.

"He felt quite a significant force and lashing against his legs," Mr Emery said.

"They are serious lacerations. It's very fortunate that bystanders on scene were capable of providing first aid."

The beach was immediately closed by Surf Life Saving authorities and the man was flown to St George Hospital in southern Sydney in a stable condition.

Seven Mile Beach at Gerroa, south of Sydney, was closed after the shark attack. Picture: Kim Ihnatko
Seven Mile Beach at Gerroa, south of Sydney, was closed after the shark attack. Picture: Kim Ihnatko

Police said the injuries - described as puncture wounds to his calf and hand - were non life threatening.

It marks the eighth attack by a shark across Australia since September, including a death earlier this month in the Whitsundays in Queensland that was the third serious incident there in seven weeks.

Earlier this week, a man on a kayak was attacked by a four-metre tiger shark at Moffat Beach on the Sunshine Coast.

And on Thursday, the iconic Bondi Beach was closed after two separate shark sightings by swimmers.

The Sunday Project has released an explosive sneak peek of a story surrounding shark attacks in the Whitsundays region after one of its star journalists was turned away.

TV Journalist Hamish Macdonald has revealed his crew was kicked off Hamilton Island after being told they were "not welcome" by the island's management.