Sydney great white shark attack victim 'very lucky' to be alive

Sydney great white shark attack victim 'very lucky' to be alive

Sydney great white shark attack victim 'very lucky' to be alive

A woman badly mauled by a great white shark is recovering in hospital after the first attack at Sydney's Botany Bay in 25 years.

Anna Shurapey, 55, was nipped by the three-metre shark at Little Congwong Beach on Friday evening.

She survived, but suffered a severe bite and deep cuts to her right leg, with flesh ripped off the bone.

Some beaches in the area remain closed as authorities search for the animal, which they say is a juvenile they believe is between 2.7 and 3.2 metres long.

"I'd be surprised if she had any severe damage", Vic Peddemors, senior shark biologist at the New South Wales' Department of Primary Industries, told ABC News.

She is expected to remain in hospital for a few days.

There are no shark nets now in the area, which usually only has smaller sharks including grey nurses and wobbegongs. "Having said that, there has also been shark attacks in the middle of the day", she said.

Sydney great white shark attack victim 'very lucky' to be alive

With a helicopter doing laps overhead on the lookout for the shark's return, parents scanned the waves as their children paddled ankle-deep at Congwong Beach, the scene of the incident.

The mayor Lindsay Shurey said the woman underwent surgery on Saturday morning for a "very large bite" below her right knee. Ms Shurey said locals are reeling at the news of the first confirmed shark attack in the area in 25 years.

Officials from Randwick City Council said the beaches around La Perouse will be closed by lifeguards during the weekend.

Locals are "shocked and concerned" about the first confirmed shark attack in the area in at least a quarter of a century, Ms Shurey said.

The La Perouse beach, along with the surrounding Congwong, Frenchmans and Yarra beaches, were closed for at least 24 hours following the incident.

Council lifeguards will be stationed at the usually unpatrolled beaches on Saturday.

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