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10-year-old girl survives shark attack in Australia

Paramedics treated the girl at the scene before she was taken to hospital.

Two men were killed by sharks in Australia last year. (File photo)
Two men were killed by sharks in Australia last year. (File photo)
Image: MAC DU PLESSIS/NEWZULU/PA Images

OFFICIALS SAY THAT a 10-year-old girl has been attacked by a shark off Australia’s east coast.

A spokeswoman for the New South Wales state ambulance service says that they received a report the girl was bitten on the wrist by a shark on today off a beach at Lennox Head, 200 kilometers south of Brisbane.

Paramedics treated the girl at the scene for a serious injury to her hand and took her to a local hospital. She was in stable condition.

Although sharks are common off Australia’s coast, the country averages fewer than two fatal attacks per year. Two men were killed in shark attacks off Australia’s east and west coasts in the space of a week in November last year. They were the only fatalities for 2013.

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