BEACHES CLOSED AFTER SHARK ATTACK
January 19, 2012 at 9:25 am
Lake Macquarie and Newcastle beaches remain closed after yesterday’s shark attack at Redhead.
44-year-old Glen Folkard was mauled by a shark, thought to be a Bull Shark while surfing just before 5pm.
Fellow surfers have told NBN News they heard screaming, and saw Mr Folkard being dragged under the water.
Two surfers immediately went to his aid and dragged him to shore where he was traeted by paramedics to leg and thigh wounds.
Mr Folkard, a local Tattoo shop owner, is in a stable condition in John Hunter Hospital.
The Westpac rescue helicopter has been scouring beaches to ensure they are safe for swimming. Crew members have not reported seeing any sharks.
Lake Macquarie’s beaches will be reassessed at midday, while further north, Newcastle City Council lifeguards are doing jetski patrols and will also decide around midday whether to open beaches.
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