Sydney Harbour shark attack: Woman stable after suffering serious injuries from attack at Beare Park


A young woman who suffered severe injuries after she was bitten by a shark while swimming in Sydney Harbour is now in a stable condition.

A media spokesman for St Vincent’s Hospital confirmed her status on Tuesday morning, after the woman, believed to be in her 20s, was rushed to hospital in a serious condition.

A large police and ambulance presence rushed to Billyard Ave in Elizabeth Bay about 7.45pm on Monday following reports the swimmer had been pulled out of the water, after she was mauled on her right leg.

A vet passing by the area helped the woman, applying a tourniquet to her leg to stop the bleeding before paramedics arrived.

“My wife is a vet and she basically bandaged it up and the bone’s broken and it’s pretty hectic actually, but she seems to be OK,” she said.

“She’s been in a lot of shock. Kept her warm and my wife basically bandaged her up to stop the bleeding. If she got bitten out there, she wouldn’t have survived.”

A spokesman for NSW Police said it’s understood the woman was swimming off the wharf at the time.

They also said the Marine Area Command were patrolling the area as a precaution following the attack.

While the area is not an official swimming spot, it is frequented by locals in the waterside suburb.

The last fatal shark attack in Sydney was British expat Simon Nellist in 2022.

Mr Nellist, a 35-year-old diving instructor, was killed by a shark while swimming at nearby Little Bay near Malabar in February 2022.

The last fatal attack in Sydney Harbour was in 1963, when actor Marcia Hathaway was attacked while wading in Sugarloaf Bay near Middle Harbour.

One of the most famous attacks in the Harbour, occurred in 2010 when navy diver Paul de Gelder was attacked by a 3m bull shark during a routine anti-terrorism training exercise off Garden Island in 2010.

He survived, but his hand was severed in the near-fatal mauling and doctors were later forced to amputate his right leg above the knee

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