Woman's shocking injuries after NSW shark attack

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A woman who was attacked by a shark on the NSW South Coast has shared photos of her injuries.

Michele Bootes, 63, suffered lacerations to her shoulder, back, hip and buttocks after she was attacked at Merimbula's Main Beach on Saturday about 7am.

Ms Bootes, Pambula Surf Life Saving Club member, told 7News she “felt a strike” as the shark attacked her.

The 63-year-old fled the water and walked to a nearby cafe nursing her injuries.

Michele Bootes, 63, is pictured.
Michele Bootes, 63, was attacked by a shark on the NSW South Coast. Source: Nine News

“I was just scared in case he was going to have another go at me,” she told 7News.

She said she felt OK once she was out of the water. Ms Bootes was hospitalised in a stable condition.

On Facebook, she asked locals if they were keen for a swim on Saturday morning.

“This morning's (Friday) swim in the rain was magic,” she wrote.

A bite mark from a shark is seen on Michele Bootes, 63.
One of Ms Bootes's wounds. Source: YouTube/7News

She told Nine News in a Facebook message: "I'm fine".

Ms Bootes added she has undergone surgery and been given antibiotics.

It is not known what type of shark attacked her.

NSW Ambulance Inspector Robert Whitney said "bystanders on scene reported seeing fins and a large animal".

NSW SharkSmart tweeted it was a shark of “unknown species”.

The beach will remain closed until Monday.

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