A day at the beach: ‘It doesn’t hurt to get eaten by a shark’

In 2001 at Brooms Head on the NSW north coast, Mark Butler paddled out for one last wave – and was attacked by a bull shark

Every surfer knows that sharks live in the ocean. But it’s a bit like car accidents – you think it won’t happen to you.

I’ve been surfing since 1976. That day [in 2001], my son and his friends had been out in the water earlier on but luckily, they’d come in and gone, and I was out there by myself. There was no one anywhere on the beach.

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