Man bitten by shark while surfing south of Forster

This is what was left of the surfer's board.  Photo: Supplied

This is what was left of the surfer's board. Photo: Supplied

A surfer has been bitten by a shark and his surfboard snapped in two at a beach south of Forster on Thursday morning.

Police and paramedics were called to Seven Mile Beach at Booti Point about 9.20am to reports that a man had been injured.

Police said the 65-year-old man suffered bite wounds to his arm and foot, but was able to swim to shore to raise the alarm.

A large chunk was bitten out of his surfboard, which was also snapped in half.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said the man suffered a deep cut to his foot. He was reported to be conscious at the scene, and his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue helicopter flew the man to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition.

"Due to the incident, Seven Mile Beach will be closed until further notice," police said in a statement.

Officers from Manning/Great Lake Local Area Command are working with officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries to determine the species of shark responsible for the bite.

Police and paramedics at the scene of a shark attack at Booti Booti, on the NSW Mid North Coast.

Police and paramedics at the scene of a shark attack at Booti Booti, on the NSW Mid North Coast.

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