A man believes he is lucky to be alive after a shark attack at a popular beach near Auckland.
Keen fisherman Ken Lindberg says he was checking his net at Maraetai, when he felt something clamp around his leg.
He waded back into shallow water to take a look and found a big gash in his leg.
";Doctors and nurses held my leg right up to stop the bleeding. On the outside of the left leg there are eight to ten stitches in that gash. Underneath the Achilles tendon is severed and I';ve got about four stitches in that.";
Mr Lindberg says he has not been out to set his net since he was bitten.
Source: Newstalk ZB