A witness says a surfer has sustained minor injuries in the third shark attack off New South Wales state north of Sydney in a month. Former state lawmaker Ian Cohen told Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Monday that the surfer’s injuries were “not that serious.”
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The attack occurred at Byron Bay, 22 miles (36 kilometers) north of Ballina, where a 25-year-old man sustained minor leg injuries while surfing with friends on October 12. The latest victim was taken to Byron Bay hospital for treatment.
On September 26, a 17-year-old surfer required stiches to close a leg wound after he was bitten by a shark off Ballina, 350 miles (600 kilometers) north of Sydney. A 41-year-old Japanese surfer was killed by a shark off Ballina last year.