Holy mackerel - shark attack theory debunked
UPDATE, 8.15am: AN injury suffered by a child at Lennox Head last night, initially described as possibly having been caused by a shark, is now believed to have been caused by a mackerel.
Paramedics last night treated a 10-year-old Lennox Head girl at the scene at Seven Mile Beach before taking her to Lismore Base Hospital for further treatment.
At that time emergency services personnel on the scene said the lacerations to her left thumb may have been caused by a shark or another large fish.
The girl's injuries are now understood to be minor, and a mackerel could have been the culprit, not a shark.
March 18: A 10-YEAR-OLD girl has been attacked by what is suspected to be a shark at Lennox Head.
Just after 5pm today, Ben Molloy heard the girl screaming and wrapped her bleeding hand with his flannelette shirt as she came out of the water.
He said the girl had been surfing with her younger brother and others opposite the Lennox Hotel when he heard the screaming.
He said it was "a pretty gnarly cut - bad, but not too bad. The other kids paddled in pretty quick smart."
He said the girl's mum was "stressing out" but called for an ambulance.
Police and ambulance officers arrived and treated the girl at the scene before taking her to Lismore Base Hospital.
NSW Ambulance Service Brunswick Valley Zone Inspector Greg Powell said paramedics were called to Lennox Head about 5.10pm.
"A 10-year-old girl was surfing with her brother when she felt a pain in her left hand and noticed that it was bleeding," he said.
"She was brought to shore by her younger brother. Bystanders then rendered first aid and comforted the girl until paramedics arrived."
Insp Powell said the girl suffered numerous lacerations to her thumb.
"She was definitely bitten by a fish, but at this stage we can't confirm if it was a shark," he said.
The girl was taken to hospital in a stable condition where she last night underwent further treatment.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was put on standby but was not required.