Shark attack Elizabeth bay Sydney Harbour: Update after woman is rushed to hospital after being mauled: ‘Blood everywhere’

A young woman who was mauled by a shark in Sydney Harbor is now in a stable condition in hospital and will undergo surgery this afternoon for injuries sustained in the attack.

Emergency services rushed to a private yard in Elizabeth Bay at 7.45pm on Monday to find the woman, aged in her 20s or early 30s, with a severe bite to her right leg and ‘profound blood loss’.

A vet who drove by had already applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding in the woman’s leg and may have saved her life – but there are fears she could lose her leg.

‘She was bleeding heavily. Her injuries are serious,’ a NSW Ambulance spokesperson told USA Online Post Australia.

A young woman who was mauled by a shark in Sydney Harbor is now in a stable condition in hospital and will undergo surgery this afternoon for injuries sustained in the attack

A young woman mauled by a shark in Sydney Harbor is now in a stable condition in hospital and will undergo surgery this afternoon for injuries sustained in the attack

A young woman (pictured on the stretcher) was maimed by a shark in Sydney Harbour

A young woman (pictured on the stretcher) was maimed by a shark in Sydney Harbour

Emergency services rushed to Elizabeth Bay at 7.45pm on Monday to find the woman with a severe bite to her leg and 'massive blood loss'.  A bloodstained boardwalk was pictured at the scene

Emergency services rushed to Elizabeth Bay at 7.45pm on Monday to find the woman with a severe bite to her leg and ‘massive blood loss’. A bloodstained boardwalk was pictured at the scene

Emergency personnel are pictured carrying the woman on a stretcher

Emergency personnel are pictured carrying the woman on a stretcher

The vet and her wife Georgia were first on the scene to treat the swimmer and kept her alive until the emergency services arrived.

Georgia said the couple heard a scream and the victim ‘swam up to a boat, but on the way back she was bitten by a bull shark’.

“We ran out, my wife’s a vet, she basically bandaged it up … bone was broken, it’s actually quite hectic,” she said.

“She seems to be right, she is very shocked. Me too.

“We got some bandages, we kept her warm and my wife basically bandaged her to stop the bleeding.

“If she had been bitten (further) out there, she would not have survived.”

A resident who lives nearby, named Romain, told the Sydney Morning Herald he saw the woman trying to pull herself out of the water.

“She was attacked about 20 meters from the jet – there was blood all over the water and all over the jet,” he said.

Emergency service officers and an ambulance are pictured

Emergency service officers and an ambulance are pictured

The emergency personnel are pictured carrying the injured woman on a stretcher

The emergency personnel are pictured carrying the injured woman on a stretcher

Georgia (pictured) and her wife, who is a veterinarian, were the first on the scene

Georgia (pictured) and her wife, who is a veterinarian, were the first on the scene

Elizabethbaaier, Michael, told the Today Show there was blood everywhere.

“Her leg was kind of dragging behind her and the water behind her was completely red with blood,” he said.

Michael said she swam outside a ‘harbour pool’ and ‘swimmed around the boats’.

He also praised the vet who came to her aid.

‘She was an absolute hero. And I think saved her life,” he said.

“She had wraps and tourniquets and just went straight into emergency mode, and we were all just so together as a team there.”

The woman was taken by ambulance to St Vincent’s Hospital after being treated by a doctor at the scene and the remains are now in a stable condition.

Marine biologist Lawrence Chlebeck said it was likely a bull shark that attacked the woman.

‘My first reaction is why is anyone in the harbor at night. This is not advisable. It’s an area of ​​walking shark activity,’ he told Sunrise.

‘We need to recognize where the best places are to recognize where the best places to swim are and where maybe not.

‘We know that the harbor has this shark activity. People should be aware of the risk. During the day, in full sun, is when sharks are a little less active.

‘Their sensors are raised in the evening and early mornings. Those are the times I would avoid swimming in the harbor,” he explained.

Shark expert and marine biologist Lawrence Chlebeck said it would likely be a bull shark.  A bull shark pulled from Sydney Harbor in 2020 is pictured

Shark expert and marine biologist Lawrence Chlebeck said it would likely be a bull shark. A bull shark pulled from Sydney Harbor in 2020 is pictured

A NSW Police spokesman said the woman was swimming when she was bitten in the right leg and suffered serious cuts.

‘Police were told she had swum away from the site at that point. Marine Area Command is patrolling the area as a precaution,’ the spokesman said.

‘(The NSW Department of) Primary Industries will be the agency to determine if the woman was bitten by a shark/what kind of shark.’

Sydney City Councilor Linda Scott said she was “extremely concerned” to hear of the attack.

“Please stay out of port until further notice,” she said.

“Thank you to the bystanders who bravely stepped in to help, and to St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney for their care of the victim.”

In February 2022, British man Simon Nellist was killed by a 4.5 meter great white shark off Little Bay in Sydney’s south-east.

He was the first confirmed fatality in Sydney in 60 years.

A tourniquet was applied to try to stop the bleeding from the woman's leg

A tourniquet was applied to try to stop the bleeding from the woman’s leg

The woman was taken to St Vincent's Hospital after being treated by a doctor and is now in a stable condition

The woman was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital after being treated by a doctor and is now in a stable condition