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68-year-old man fighting for life after being bitten by shark at Lake Macquarie during evening swim

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An elderly man has been left fighting for life after being attacked by a shark during an evening swim.

The 68-year-old was bitten on his left arm and suffered severe lacerations after entering the water at Yarrawonga Park on New South Wales’ Lake Macquarie about 6.30pm.

Five ambulance crews arrived as the sun went down on Saturday, along with a rescue helicopter that airlifted the man to John Hunter Hospital – where he will undergo surgery.

The mauling comes just days after a shark was spotted in the same lake.

An elderly man has been left fighting for life after being attacked by a shark at Lake Macquarie in New South Wales during an evening swim. Pictured: A rescue helicopter arrives on the scene

An elderly man has been left fighting for life after being attacked by a shark at Lake Macquarie in New South Wales during an evening swim. Pictured: A rescue helicopter arrives on the scene

Five ambulance crews arrived at the scene about 6.30pm on Saturday, along with a rescue helicopter that airlifted the man to John Hunter Hospital

Five ambulance crews arrived at the scene about 6.30pm on Saturday, along with a rescue helicopter that airlifted the man to John Hunter Hospital

A shark was sighted in Lake Macquarie just days prior to the attack and shared in a local Facebook group

A shark was sighted in Lake Macquarie just days prior to the attack and shared in a local Facebook group

‘When you get a call to attend a shark attack, you never really know the full extent of the injuries until you get on scene,’ NSW Ambulance Inspector Grahame Rathbone said.

‘He was conscious and alert while receiving treatment from paramedics at the scene.’ 

Mr Rathbone said others wading in the water nearby offered the man assistance and likely saved his life.

‘Bystanders did a great job applying a makeshift tourniquet before paramedic crews arrived,’ he said.

‘This was potentially lifesaving for the patient.’

Police said a 66-year-old woman helped bring the man to shore. 

There have only been three recorded shark attacks in Lake Macquarie since the 1940s. 

The 68-year-old was bitten on his left arm and suffered severe lacerations after entering the water at Yarrawonga Park (pictured) as the sun went down

 The 68-year-old was bitten on his left arm and suffered severe lacerations after entering the water at Yarrawonga Park (pictured) as the sun went down

Mr Rathbone said others wading in the water nearby offered the man assistance and likely saved his life

 Mr Rathbone said others wading in the water nearby offered the man assistance and likely saved his life

Although shark attacks in Lake Macquarie are extremely rare, sightings are fairly common

Although shark attacks in Lake Macquarie are extremely rare, sightings are fairly common

But although shark attacks are rare in the 648km/sq waterway, sightings are not. 

Just a days earlier a large shark was photographed by onlookers who captured a fin broaching the water.

It’s not yet known what kind of shark attacked the man.  

Officers attached to Lake Macquarie Police District are now working with NSW Fisheries to identify the species. 

He remains in a serious but stable condition.  

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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