Second attack in less than a week off nation’s coast.

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SYDNEY — Police say a surfer has been seriously injured by a shark off the Australian east coast less than a week after a fatal attack.

Police said in a statement the man sustained wounds to his legs and hands in the dawn attack on Friday at Evans Head, 340 miles north of Sydney.

He was taken by ambulance to a hospital in serious but stable condition.

Evans Head is 25 miles south of the tourist town of Ballina, where a surfer was critically injured by a shark on July 2 and a Japanese tourist was mauled to death in February.

A diver became the second victim of a fatal shark attack in Australia this year when he was mauled on Saturday off the island state of Tasmania.