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Surfer attacked by shark at Ballina beach

ABC News logo ABC News 26/09/2016

A 17-year-old surfer has been bitten by a shark at Lighthouse Beach at Ballina. © AAP Image A 17-year-old surfer has been bitten by a shark at Lighthouse Beach at Ballina.

A surfer has been bitten on the upper-thigh by a shark at Lighthouse Beach at Ballina, on the New South Wales north coast.

Richmond Police Inspector Nicole Bruce said the attack happened about 9:00am and the 17-year-old male victim was treated at the scene for his injuries before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital.

"He received lacerations and bite marks to his upper-thigh area, he was assisted into the shore and off-duty nurses treated him," Inspector Bruce said.

A NSW Police statement said he suffered a single bite wound and had made his way to the shore on his own.

Police said the boy was in a stable condition.

"Police will be liaising with NSW Surf Lifesaving, Ballina Shire Council and Department of Primary Industries regarding the incident," the statement said.

Surf Life Saving NSW said all Ballina Shire beaches were closed after the shark attack.

"Please stay away from the area until further notice," Surf Life Saving NSW tweeted.

The police statement said beaches would remain closed for the next 24 hours.

Plans for a shark barrier at the beach were scrapped last month.

Shark barrier trials in the area were announced last year as part of a $16 million State Government package in response to a spate of shark attacks in the region.

Plans for a so-called eco barrier at Ballina's Lighthouse Beach were scrapped last month due to ongoing rough conditions.

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