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An Australian surfer who suffered serious injuries after being attacked off the coast of Adelaide has compared the attack to being hit by a truck.

Dion Lynch was surfing off the waters of Kangaroo Island when he was attacked by the shark. BBC reports that the 29-year-old sustained serious injuries and was said to be lucky to be alive.

He had written a note describing his ordeal. In it, he said that the shark bit him around his back, buttock and elbow and took a chunk out of his board. 

The surfer then swam back to the beach.

The BBC further reports that one paramedic who treated the surfer said the extent of his injuries had been "catastrophic" and that it was "quite remarkable" he had been able to swim to shore.

Once on land, he walked a further 300 metres to where he was able to get help.

Michael Rushby told local newspaper, The Advertiser, that the surfer was "very lucky that he was able to do that".

With serious injuries and the shark still in the water surrounding him, the surfer managed to defy all odds when he swam and subsequently walked to get help.

The area where the attack took place has now been closed for visitors.

Image credit: The Advertiser and Twitter.

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