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Shark seriously injures wakeboarder

A woman was mauled by a shark as she rode a wakeboard towed by a speed boat off the Australian east coast.

Ambulance Service spokesman John Wilson said the 24-year-old woman suffered head, neck and arm injuries in the attack in Nelson Bay, north of Sydney.

The boat driver apparently delivered her to a wharf where paramedics stabilised her condition before she was taken by helicopter to a hospital.

Helicopter crewman Glen Rampling said the woman fell from her wakeboard before she was attacked.

A hospital spokeswoman, who declined to be identified citing hospital policy, described the woman's condition as stable.

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