Man loses finger in NSW shark attack

THE victim of a shark attack in NSW today had his finger bitten off while trying to push the large bull shark away.

Surf Life Saving NSW has released a statement explaining the circumstances of the attack.

SLS NSW stated the man was on a stand-up paddle board when he was bitten on the thigh before trying to push away the shark.

The man was flown to the John Hunter Hospital in a conscious and stable condition.

SLSNSW lifesaving manager Dean Storey said the risk of shark attacks was very low and the risk of drowning was far higher.

"Holiday-makers who are concerned about sharks should stick to swimming at patrolled locations," said Mr Storey.

"That way lifesavers and lifeguards can clear the water in the event of a shark sighting and first aid support and equipment is immediately available."

The beach where the attack occurred this morning was unpatrolled.

Topics:  port macquarie shark attack

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