Shark attacks Southland surfer

11:34, Feb 07 2014

A surfer has suffered three shark bites to his leg in an attack in a Southland bay.

The surfer, 28, was on his board about 50m out from Porpoise Bay Beach, near Curio Bay, this evening when the attack happened, police said.

The alarm was raised about 8:30pm, and a St John spokeswoman said a road ambulance and a helicopter were sent to the remote spot.

The spokesman said was "lots of blood". The man was bitten from his thigh to his calf, and was flown to Southland Hospital where he is in a stable condition.

The Department of Conservation have been notified, and notices are being put up at Porpoise Bay to warn people of the attack and advise them not to swim there until further notice. 

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