SYDNEY: A 17-year-old surfer was attacked by a shark off Australia’s east coast on Monday, with locals saying he was lucky his board bore the brunt from a suspected great white. The teenager, named as Cooper Allen in local media, was bitten on the leg while surfing at Ballina Shire’s popular Lighthouse Beach—the scene of several attacks in recent years. Fellow surfers rushed to his aid, helping him back to the beach where he received first aid from off-duty nurses. Surf Life Saving New South Wales said the teen suffered “severe lacerations” but police said his injuries are not considered life-threatening. “But obviously, with a shark wound, they’re always quite severe,” New South Wales police chief inspector Nicole Bruce told reporters.