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Surfer loses two fingers in Australia shark attack

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Published on Dec 28, 2012

A shark ripped part of a man's hand off while he was surfing at a beach near the town of Port Macquarie, Australia - 175 miles north of Sydney.

A paramedic on the scene said the 29-year-old man suffered bites to his leg, and lost two fingers on his left hand.

"He was just out there. There was a heap of dolphins like there has been around here, swimming around him. And all of a sudden, the shark has just come up and took about three chunks out of him. And then he just got his board, and actually put the nose of his board into the bull shark's head," said witness, Adam Clarke.

Local media said the victim's friends used their surfboard leg ropes as a torniquet to stem the bleeding.

The man was airlifted to the John Hunter hospital in the city of Newcastle, where he is said to be in stable condition.

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