Professional surfer gets chunk of thigh devoured by shark off coast of eastern Australia

SYDNEY, Australia — A professional surfer was mauled by a shark off the Australian east coast on Wednesday evening, officials said.

Brett Connellan, 22, was flown by helicopter to Sydney’s St. George Hospital in serious condition after he was attacked 120 kilometres to the south off a beach near Kiama, a police statement said.

He sustained injuries to a thigh and a hand in the attack off Bombo Beach at 7 p.m. and was helped 100 metres to shore by a fellow surfer, Joel Trist, police said.

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