The Courier-Mail

Shark bites pad­dler, 65

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A MAN in his 60s has been flown to hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing mauled “to the bone” by a great white shark on the NSW mid-north coast.

David Quin­li­van, 65, was bit­ten on his left an­kle while on his surf ski at Black Head Beach, north of Forster, just be­fore mid­day yesterday.

He pad­dled to shore where he was treated for a bite de­scribed as “to the bone” by a West­pac he­li­copter spokesman, be­fore be­ing flown to a New­cas­tle hos­pi­tal in sta­ble con­di­tion. Mr Quin­li­van claimed the shark was a great white, the spokesman said.

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