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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

UPDATE: Man bitten by shark at Yarrawonga Park, set to undergo surgery

10PM UPDATE:

A man will undergo surgery after being bitten on the arm in the Lake Macquarie area this afternoon.

About 6.30pm on Saturday 23 January, emergency services were called to Yoorala Road following reports of a shark attack.

NSW Ambulance paramedics treated a 68-year-old male at the scene for injuries to his left arm before he was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital, where he will undergo surgery.

Police were told the man, and a woman, was swimming in the lake when he was bitten.

The female, aged 56, helped pull him to shore.

Officers attached to Lake Macquarie Police District are working with NSW Fisheries to identify the species.

EARLIER:

A man is fighting for his life in John Hunter Hospital after being bitten by a shark while swimming at Lake Macquarie this afternoon.

Emergency services confirmed, on Saturday 23 January, a male, believed to be in his 50s or 60s, was attacked in the lake at Yarrawonga Park.

The patient suffered a significant loss of blood due to the bite on, and below, his elbow.

NSW Ambulance paramedics, who arrived on the scene first, praised onlookers for applying a tourniquet to the man’s arm to stem the flow of bleeding.

Upon arrival of the Toll Rescue Helicopter Service, he was handed over to the retrieval and trauma team, and doctor.

He was then transported to the Newcastle medical facility.

It is understood he’s in a serious condition.

No other details are available at this time.