A man will undergo surgery after being bitten by a shark in the NSW Hunter region.
The 58-year-old suffered severe cuts to his left arm at Lake Macquarie's Yarrawonga Park about 6.30pm on Saturday.
The man was swimming with a woman, 56, who helped pull him to shore.
NSW Ambulance says he was conscious when paramedics came to his aid and he was flown to John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
“Bystanders did a great job applying a makeshift tourniquet before paramedic crews arrived,” NSW Ambulance Inspector Grahame Rathbone said.
“This was potentially life-saving for the patient.”
“When you get a call to attend a shark attack, you never really know the full extent of the injuries until you get on scene.”
Police say they are working with NSW Fisheries to identify the species.
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