Shark bites off surfer's finger

A man is recovering in hospital after being bitten by a shark at a remote beach on the mid-north New South Wales.

The Ambulance Service was called to the beach at Diamond Head, south of Port Macquarie, this afternoon.

The 29-year-old was surfing when he was attacked by what is believed to be a bull shark on Friday morning.

An Ambulance Service spokesperson, Michelle Hoctor, said the man was bitten on his right hand and leg, and had lost an index finger and a knuckle.

Nearby patrolled beaches were closed as a precaution, but a Surf Life Saving spokesperson, Donna Wishart, says shark attacks in the area are uncommon.

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