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07/05/2021 - Joe Hoffman - Australia

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Re: 07/05/2021 - Joe Hoffman - Australia

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A popular Sunshine Coast surfer has made a heartwarming return to the ocean nine months after a serious shark attack.

Joe Hoffman was attacked by a three-metre Great White, just before 4.30pm on July 5, 2021, off Crescent Head in New South Wales.
Joe Hoffmann’s board after the attack last July.

The born and bred in Mudjimba man, who is now 26, sustained severe injuries to his right arm and was airlifted to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital where he underwent multiple extensive surgeries.

Joe received an outpouring of community support and a Go Fund Me page raised almost $70,000 to help cover medical bills.

After months of recovery and rehabilitation to maximise functionality of his right arm, Joe has slowly been returning to the water and the pastime he loves.

A collection of images captured on a perfect Noosa day and shared by local surf photographer, Kane Brown, has wonderfully depicted the comeback.

Kane shared 17 images on Instagram in a mixture of black and white and colour with the caption: “Joe/Noosa. It’s so nice to see this beautiful human back in the ocean.”
Joe Hoffman pictured at Noosa by photographer Kane Brown.

The post has received hundreds of likes and many have responded with emojis to congratulate Joe.

One comment read: “These (are) truly special.”

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Joe has been sharing his journey through his own social media and maintained he did not have any hard feelings toward the shark.
Joe Hoffman paddles out at Noosa. Picture: Kane Brown

“I still don’t really think ‘attacked’ neatly describes how I feel about my run (in) with a shark,” Joes wrote in a post on Instagram.

“Certainty not emotionally … as though a 10ft GW would purposely ever try and hurt my feelings.

“Bitten yeah but clearly a mistaken identity.”
Joe Hoffman in full flight at Noosa National Park. Picture: Kane Brown

Joe’s father Bill – a prominent Sunshine Coast journalist, mother Wendy and sister Nina are well known in the community.

They have previously thanked the support received by both the Mudjimba and Byron Bay community, where Joe had been living.

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07/05/2021 - Joe Hoffman - Australia

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Man attacked by shark at Crescent Head Beach on NSW mid north coast

A man has suffered ‘significant’ injuries after being mauled by a shark while he was surfing at a beach on the mid north coast of NSW.

A surfer has suffered a “significant” shark bite on the mid north coast of NSW.

Bystanders helped the man, believed to be in his 20s, from the water after the attack at Crescent Head Beach, about 4.30pm.

Four emergency crews, including the Westpac Rescue helicopter, assessed and treated the man for a severe arm injury.

He was flown to John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition, a NSW Ambulance spokesman said.
A generic picture of a shark. Authorities have now closed the beach. Picture: WA Surf Life Saving

NSW Ambulance Inspector Andrew Beverley thanked those who rushed to help the injured man.

“Much praise must be given to bystanders who helped the man from the water and provided that crucial initial first aid,” he said.

“It was a significant bite and the man suffered serious injuries to his arm as a result.

“It might be cold at the moment but it’s important to always be aware of your surrounding in the water, even in winter.”

Surf Life Saving NSW has closed the beach.

NSW Police said officers from Mid North Coast Police District will liaise with the Department of Primary Industry to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The last shark attack in NSW unfolded at Tuncurry on the NSW mid-north coast on May 18.

Surfer Mark Sanguinetti died after being attacked by a suspected 4.5m white shark.

The 59-year-old father, from Sydney’s northern beaches, was bitten on his upper right thigh while surfing with friends just after 11am, and died at the scene.

Police have urged beach goers to follow safety advice from Surf Life Saving NSW and by visiting the Department of Primary Industry’s website and the SharkSmart app.

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