Woman bitten in Sydney Harbour shark attack

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A young woman is fighting for life after she was bitten by a shark during an evening swim at a popular swimming spot in Sydney Harbour.

The woman, beleived to be her late 20s or early 30s, was bitten on the leg and was pulled screaming from the water.

A NSW Ambulance spokesperson said they arrived at the scene in Billyard Ave in Elizabeth Bay at around 7.45pm.

It is believed the woman suffered “serious injuries” and may lose her right leg as a result of the attack.

It’s understood that a vet passing by the area helped the woman, applying a tourniquet to her leg to stop the bleeding before paramedics arrived.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, resident Romain, said he ran out of his house when he heard a scream to see the woman trying to pull herself out of the water.

“She had been attacked about 20 metres off from the jetty – there was blood all throughout the water and all over the jetty,” he said.

Paramedics assessed and treated her at the scene before taking her to St Vincent’s Hospital in a serious condition.

Locals who witnessed the incident posted a video of the aftermath on social media. The woman can be seen on a stretcher being transported from the jetty to an ambulance.

“Oh my god, you can see her blood,” one witness is heard saying.

City of Sydney Councillor Linda Scott said she was “extremely concerned” to hear about the attack.

“Please, stay out of the harbour until further notice,” she said on social media.

“Thank you to the bystanders who stood in to bravely help, and to St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney for their care for the victim.”

Early reports indicate she was likely attacked by a bull shark.

NSW Police said officers attached to Kings Cross Police Area Command assisted the paramedics at the scene.

“Police have been told she was swimming off the wharf at the time. Marine Area Command are patrolling the area as a precaution,” a spokesperson said.

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

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

Nellist’s death was the first fatal shark attack in Sydney in nearly 60 years.

In 1963, actress Marcia Hathaway was attacked while wading in Sugarloaf Bay near Middle Harbour.

One of the most famous attacks in Sydney Harbour occurred in 2010 when navy diver Paul de Gelder was attacked by a three-metre 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.

– With NCA

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