Young surfer with leg injuries from shark attack at Catlins beach is flown to hospital

A young woman attacked by a shark at Curio Bay in the Catlins in eastern Southland has been transported to Dunedin Hospital by the Otago rescue helicopter. 

The alarm was raised just after 2pm when the woman in her twenties, who’s understood to be a surfer, was attacked. 

St John Ambulance says the woman suffered moderate leg injuries and was picked up the rescue helicopter just after 3.40pm.

A local ambulance from Tokanui also responded to the call. 

A visualisation of Curio Bay in Southland from Google Earth, facing northwest. Source: Google Earth: DigitalGlobe, Data SIO, NOAA, U.S. Navy, NGA, GEBCO, TErraMetrica, Landsat/Copernicus