Sydney’s famous Manly Beach has been closed after a man was injured in a suspected shark attack during an early morning swim.
Peter Schultz, 53, was swimming with friends at nearby Shelly Beach at about 6am this morning when he thought he was bitten by a shark.
He managed to swim to nearby rocks and raised the alarm.
Mr Schultz, a member of the Bold & Beautiful Swim Squad, was treated by paramedics for a puncture wound to his back and injuries to his leg and stomach before being taken to hospital.
NSW Police said no shark has been sighted and Surf Life Saving NSW has deployed a drone to search and monitor the area.
Both Manly Beach and Shelly Beach have been temporarily closed in the wake of the incident.
Speaking about the incident today fellow swimmer and member of Manly Surf Lifesaving Club Ken Murphy said Mr Schultz was experienced in the water and had even swum the English Channel.
This morning we went for a swim and one of members yelled out that something happened,” he said.
“He said he’d been hit by something in the water – we all exited the water straight away.
“When he got onto the rocks he had some fairly significant injuries.”
Mr Murphy said his friend was fairly calm about the whole thing and thanked a nurse who was on hand and provided immediate medical assistance.
No sharks have been sighted at the beach and it is not confirmed to be a shark attack.
“Wildlife in the water actually thrive so I can understand why a shark would be here but I am really just hoping it wasn’t a bigger great white,” one witness told Today.
NSW Department of Primary Industries is now investigating the incident and shark biologists will try and determine the size and species involved.