The terrifying moment a shark attacks surfer at popular Aussie beach

A French national surfing at Victoria’s Bells Beach was attacked by a shark, which latched on to his leg, before he was saved by another surfer.

Remarkably, footage of the incident was captured by a friend on shore and shows the shark lurking just behind surfers Dylan Nacass and Matt Sedunary, who swam to the surfer’s aid when he was heard screaming.

Speaking to the Geelong Advertiser, Mr Nacass said he regularly drove from Melbourne surf at the beaches in the Torquay area.

Dylan Nacass (black wetsuit) was attacked by a shark and helped by Torquay local Matt Sedunary. Source: Nine News
Dylan Nacass (black wetsuit) was attacked by a shark and helped by Torquay local Matt Sedunary. Source: Nine News

The incident happened Friday afternoon and Dylan’s first instinct to get rid of the shark, which had sunk its teeth into his leg, was to punch it.

“I punched him one time, he stays in my legs, two times after, he go,” he told Nine News.

He reportedly needed stitches due to the puncture wounds, which he happily showed off to the cameras.

Following the incident, he told the Geelong Advertiser that he was lucky to still have his legs, but admitted it would be a while before he got back in the water again.

Another surfer nearby witnessed the attack and quickly swam over to help Mr Nacass.

“Most people would do the same thing,” the surfer Matt Sedunary told Nine News.

Matt (left) who came the assistance of the surfer, who was lucky to swim away with only minor injuries (right). Source: Nine News
Matt (left) who came the assistance of the surfer, who was lucky to swim away with only minor injuries (right). Source: Nine News

Mr Sedunary told the Geelong Advertiser at first he just thought Mr Nacass was having a laugh with friends, but then he spotted the fin.

A friend of Mr Sedunary, Graham Blade, was watching it all unfold from the cliffs nearby and managed to capture the footage of the pair with the shark seen just behind them.

Mr Sedunary said the French national was very grateful for the assistance, saying was “really stoked” to make it away relatively unscathed.

It is not known what species the shark was.

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