Travel Surfer 'luckiest man on Earth' after shark attack

07:26  12 september  2017
07:26  12 september  2017 Source:   Sky News

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An Australian surfer who was attacked by a great white shark has been described as "the luckiest man on Earth " after he escaped with minor injuries.

A SURFER has been described as “the luckiest man on earth ” after a shark snapped his board in half before biting his hip on the NSW north coast this morning. Elijah “Hobbit” Colbey was the only other surfer out in the ocean with Mr McGrath when the shark attack happened.

Abe McGrath pictured in 2012. Pic: Facebook © Other Abe McGrath pictured in 2012. Pic: Facebook An Australian surfer who was attacked by a great white shark has been described as "the luckiest man on Earth" after he escaped with minor injuries. 

Abe McGrath was surfing off the north coast of New South Wales when the 3.5m (11ft) shark snapped his board, gashed his hip and flung him into the air.

The shark's bite snapped the surfboard in half © Other The shark's bite snapped the surfboard in half The shark began to circle the 35-year-old but thankfully turned away - allowing him to grab half his board and make his way back to shore.

During Sunday morning's attack, Mr McGrath's wetsuit was torn by the shark's teeth, leaving a gash on his right hip.

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An Australian surfer was described as “the luckiest man on Earth ” after a great white shark attacked him on Sunday, snapping his board, tearing up his hip and flinging him in the air before he narrowly escaped the animal’s jaws.

A surfer narrowly escaped a shark attack that left his board in pieces. Locals referred to the 35-year-old surfer as "the luckiest man on Earth " after the shark attacked him during a routine surf session.

He was driven to nearby Ballina Hospital by friends, and then flown to Lismore Hospital for further treatment before being discharged on Sunday night.

Abe McGrath suffered a bite to the leg in the attack © Other Abe McGrath suffered a bite to the leg in the attack Bryce Cameron, who was on the beach at the time, told Sydney's Daily Telegraph that Mr McGrath would have lost his leg if he had been sitting on the board when the shark struck.

Elijah Colbey, who was the only other surfer out in the water at the time, was about 50m (164ft) away when Mr McGrath got into difficulty.

He said: "I looked back and saw Abe skimming across the water splashing. Then I hear 'f*** off, f*** off' and my nickname being called out.

"I started paddling towards him for help and then my mind clicked to it being the worst possible outcome.

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A man has escaped with only minor injuries after he was attacked by a shark while surfing off the coast of New South Wales, Australia. Surfer Stephen King said he felt like "the luckiest guy on Earth " after the encounter, which left him with grazes to his leg and a hole in his surf board.

Sydney - An Australian man was lucky to be alive on Monday after a shark rammed his surfboard and bit off a huge chunk. However, there have been at least three deaths from shark attacks in Western Australia in the past three months.

Mr Colbey said his friend was relieved after returning to the shore, adding: "He was stoked, he wasn't in shock yet, he was really happy to be alive and in front of his mates.

"We were all giving him big hugs and felt pretty lucky to have him there."

One of Mr McGrath's friends posted an image of his broken board to Instagram, adding: "Life could have been very different this morning. So stoked to still have our mate and not witness something far worse."

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