Woman savaged in shark attack as beach is flooded by emergency medics

A woman was savaged by a shark in a horror attack as emergency services flocked to a crowded beach.

The 32-year-old woman was attacked near Port Noarlunga in Adelaide, Australia today (Friday, November 10). Medics were called to the scene shortly after 1 pm (local time).

The unnamed victim was taken to Flinders Medical Centre. It's understood she suffered injuries to her face and scalp following the shark bite.

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According to 9News, the ambulance service stated she has been described as "extremely serious" and "life-threatening". The publication added they are likely to require surgery.

A police spokesperson said: "Police with the assistance of other emergency services evacuated the water while a search to locate the shark was undertaken. Members of the public have since returned to the water after the search failed to locate the shark. "

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The victim was free-diving with friends when the shark struck. The beach was also full of school kids in aquatic lessons – some of whom witnessed the woman being bitten on the head.

Swimmer Mason Corbett told the publication: "Some of the kids did see it, we've been talking to a few of them and they saw her face all bloodied." It is the fourth shark attack off the South Australian coast this year.

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A 55-year-old surfer was killed by a shark earlier this year. The victim, named Todd’s body was never found but pieces of his board and wetsuit were found near Granites Beach.

Pam Cook, 64, survived being bitten while swimming at Beachport. And Simon Bacanello's body was never found when a shark attacked him while surfing off the state's west coast in May.

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