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NSW Department of Industry

01. December 2016

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Shark bite – Elizabeth Beach, Forster – 1 December 2016

Please attribute the following statement to a spokesperson for the Department of Primary Industries.

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is assisting NSW Surf Life Saving (SLS), NSW Police and emergency services in responding to a shark bite off Booti Booti National Park, near Forster this morning.

Booti Booti, Boomerang and Elizabeth Beaches have been closed.

A 65 year old male has been transferred to hospital suffering injuries to his arm, leg and foot, following the attack earlier this morning.

A DPI shark biologist will assess photographs of the wounds to try to determine the species responsible for the attack.

DPI continue to work with NSW Police and SLS to monitor the area and provide any technical advice and resources as required.

Beachgoers are advised to follow the NSWSharkSmart Twitter feed or download the SharkSmart app for the latest information on shark movements and sightings.

Source: NSW DPI