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Man injured in suspected shark attack on popular Sydney beach

A man has been injured in a suspected shark attack off Sydney's Manly Beach, leaving him with wounds to his body and leg.

Ambulance crews were called just before 6am on Tuesday and treated a man believed to be in his 40s, NSW Ambulance told Yahoo News Australia.

A spokesperson said he had a superficial wound to his chest and a laceration to one of his legs.

He was transferred to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition.

Northern Beaches Council has confirmed Manly Beach and Shelly Beach are closed until further notice following the suspected shark attack.

The man suffered injuries to his body and leg. Source: Nine News
The man suffered injuries to his body and leg. Source: Nine News

The man was swimming in waters with friends as part of a swimming group near Shelly Beach when suffering his injuries.

NSW Police say it is unclear how the injuries were sustained.

The Manly resident was able to swim to nearby rocks and raise the alarm.

One swimmer told 7News everyone in the water was quickly told to get out as news emerged of the attack.

The man was swimming in waters off Shelly Beach near the main Manly Beach. Source: Google Maps
The man was swimming in waters off Shelly Beach near the main Manly Beach. Source: Google Maps

“We looked around and we could see on the side, towards the footpath, the fourth swimmer had got to the side," he said.

“There were runners yelling at us to get out because he’d been bitten by a shark.”

A fellow member of the swimming group, Danny Lucas, told the ABC the group were about three-quarters of the way to Shelly Beach from the main beach when the attack happened.

He said the swimmer, known as Pete, is an experienced swimmer and the only one in the group of four to set off without a cycling light attached to his head.

“He swum the Channel last year. He’s a strong swimmer,” Mr Lucas said.

He said the swimmer was able to remain calm and “kept a good sense of humour” in the wake of the attack.

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