Tradie bitten by shark after being in the water 'for a minute'

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A tradie who was bitten by a shark on Tuesday afternoon says he should have skipped the beach entirely and instead gone to the pub.

Tim McAndrew was at Crowdy Bay, in NSW, about to catch a few waves when he felt something on his right-hand side.

He initially just thought it was one of his mates trying to scare him, he told Nine News.

"I thought it was one of my mates playing silly buggers," he said.

Mr McAndrew had only been in the water for about a minute, he said, when he saw red in the water. It was then he realised he had been bitten.

Pictured is Tim McAndrew, the tradie attacked by a shark on Tuesday and on the right, a picture of his leg, where the shark bit him
Tim McAndrew was bitten by a shark while surfing at Crowdy Bay in NSW. Source: 9News

The surfer yelled out to his friends to stay out of the water as he quickly paddled back to shore.

Once on land, one of his workmates used a first aid kit to patch him up and they phoned the hospital.

According to 9News, the hospital told Mr McAndrew he was the second person to be bitten by a shark within an hour.

Shark attacks and fatalities are exceedingly rare and it is not clear what type of shark attacked the men on Tuesday.

However Dorsal Shark Reports Australia suspected the shark responsible was a bull shark.

While in the area for work, Mr McAndrew joked that he now regrets getting in the water in the first place.

"The surf wasn't even that good which makes it worse," he told the Port Macquarie News.

Pictured is Crowdy Bay where the shark attack happened.
Tim was one of two men who were reportedly attacked by a shark in the area earlier this week. Source: Facebook/Crowdy Head Surf Life Saving Club

"We just wanted to have a quick surf before we went to dinner at the pub."

The shark left bite marks on Mr McAndrew's ankle and lower leg, but he is hopeful he will be able to get back to work next week.

He also told Port Macquarie News that he spoke with the other man who was attacked by a shark on the same day, who had been swimming at Crowdy Bay for years, he said.

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