Surfer bitten by shark survives mauling that was like ‘being hit by a truck’

A surfer has described how he somehow survived a shark attack that was like "being hit by a truck".

Dion Lynch, 29, managed to swim to shore after being mauled by a great white shark around Kangaroo Island off the coast of Adelaide, Australia.

He suffered serious injuries and was said to be lucky to be alive.

After he was attacked at remote D'Estress Bay, he swam back to shore before walking another 300 metres to get help.

Dion described his ordeal in a handwritten letter and said he believed he would make a full recovery. The surfer had been sitting on his board when he felt a hit on his left side, saying: "It was like being hit by a truck."

He added: "It bit me around my back, buttock and elbow, and took a chunk out of my board."

The builder "got a glimpse of the shark as it let go and disappeared".

Dion sustained serious lacerations to his back, backside and legs, and minor lacerations to his arm during the attack.

The surfer sustained serious lacerations to his back, backside and legs, and minor lacerations to his arm during the attack.

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One paramedic who treated him applauded his "remarkable bravery" after sustaining "catastrophic" injuries. He said it was "quite remarkable" he had been able to swim to shore and raise the alarm.

Michael Rushby said he was "very lucky that he was able to do that".

The beach has now been closed and members of the public have been asked to avoid the area.

This year has seen the highest number of fatal shark attacks in Australia since 1929 when nine people were killed by the bloodthirsty beasts.

Eight people have been killed so far in 2020.

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