Surfer treated for injuries after second shark attack

Lucy Trippett/Australian Marine Conservation Society

THE second surfer to be attacked by a shark on the NSW Mid North Coast this week was  being treated for minor injuries today.

At the same time the Port Macquarie community was preparing to farewell a teenager who sadly died from injuries sustained in another shark attack.

Hundreds of people were expected to remember Zac Young at a memorial service at his former school on Saturday morning before taking part in a paddle out at a local beach.

The 19-year-old was mauled by a 3m tiger shark while body-boarding north of Coffs Harbour last weekend.

The active church-goer and youth mentor was pulled to shore by brave friends but died at the scene.

In an unfortunate turn of events, a 26-year-old surfer was admitted to hospital after being bitten by a shark at Port Macquarie's Shelly Beach late on Thursday.

The surfer told doctors he felt something "hit" his hand before he looked down and noticed he was bleeding.

He was treated for lacerations and was expected to make a full recovery.

Experts have been brought in to determine the species responsible for the latest attack but Shelly Beach is known to attract small reef sharks and locals believe it is unlikely a tiger shark was to blame.

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