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65-year-old surfer super lucky after great white encounter

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Board battered and broken in three, but surfer is OK

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 November, 2016 - A shark attack has been reported on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales where a great white chomped down on a 65-year-old surfer.

Police said the man, identified as Colin Rowland, was attacked while surfing at Seven Mile Beach shortly after 9:00am. The victim then swam to shore and contacted emergency services before being airlifted out.

The man suffered severe foot lacerations and injuries to his leg and arm. But it was his JS thruster with old-model FCS plugs that suffered the worst damage, snapping in two and losing a big chunk. Rowland told local media he is quite happy to have survived the ordeal but that he does need a new surfboard.

The great white was estimated to be between 2.5 and 3.5 metres. Footage from several media outlets shows Rowland arriving at a local hospital, smiling and giving a thumbs-up while being wheeled in via a stretcher.

Rowland's friend Greg Preston was on hand during the encounter and told 9News that the shark dragged his buddy under the water.

"He's taken a chunk out of the surfboard and also grabbed his leg rope and dragged him under the water so you know, all in all (he's) a very lucky man,” Mr Preston told 9News.

"I just saw Colin, me mate, get launched out of the water, about three or four feet, in a big cloud (in the) water. The terror in his eyes was unbelievable, and then he got knocked again and then his board got shattered into a few pieces."

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