Special Report forwarded to the Animal Attack Files by Jim Clark:

Shark Attack in Australia

Report of  December 19, 1998

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) -- A 21-year-old woman was attacked by a shark Tuesday while surfing at one of South Australia state's most popular surfing beaches, officials said.

The afternoon attack occurred as the woman was about to catch a wave back to shore at Middleton beach, about 50 miles south of the capital, Adelaide.

``She was chest deep in water and she was about to mount her board again and come back into the shore when she felt something knock her leg,'' ambulance spokesman Brenton Scroop said. ``She subsequently felt a bite and something thrashing about near her leg.''

The woman suffered deep wounds to one of her legs, but was in satisfactory condition at a local hospital, Scroop said.

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