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Surfer in Australia shark attack

A 20-year-old surfer has survived a shark attack off a popular Australian tourist beach.

The news.com.au website reports university student Billy O'Leary was surfing off Nobby Beach at Gold Coast city on the east coast on Tuesday afternoon when he fell off his board and landed on the shark.

Mr O'Leary swam to shore and gave a thumbs up signal to television cameras as paramedics treated his lacerated left leg on the beach.

Lifeguard Warren Young told the website the culprit was probably a bull shark lured close to shore by baitfish.

Mr Young said Mr O'Leary was in good spirits when he was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

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