Shark attack 'like being hit by a truck'

A man who was attacked by a shark off Kangaroo Island says it was like being
A man who was attacked by a shark off Kangaroo Island says it was like being "hit by a truck".

A 29-year-old surfer mauled by a White Pointer shark off Kangaroo Island says the attack was "like being hit by a truck".

The man's identity has not been released, but in a statement provided to media outlets he said he felt incredibly lucky.

"I was sitting on my board when I felt a hit on my left side - it was like being hit by a truck," the statement said.

"It bit me around my back, buttock and elbow and took a chunk out of my board.

"I got a glimpse of the shark as it let go and disappeared."

The man was attacked while surfing at D'Estrees Bay on the island's southeast coast on Sunday.

After making it to shore he sought help from another surfer who drove him towards Kingscote.

Paramedics met the car on the way and took the man to hospital, where he was airlifted to Adelaide for treatment.

His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Australian Associated Press