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Sight will return to Tweed man stabbed in eye at Snapper

Mark Morlock pictured before the attack at a Murwillumbah race day where he won a fashions in the field award.
Mark Morlock pictured before the attack at a Murwillumbah race day where he won a fashions in the field award. Scott Powick

UPDATED, 11.51am Tuesday: Tweed man Mark Morlock's eye has been saved after he was stabbed with a surfboard in a vicious surf rage attack at Coolangatta's Snapper Rocks.  

News Limited reported that Mr Morlock, a professional abalone diver and ship's captain, saw doctors at Gold Coast University Hospital on Tuesday who gave him the good news that his eye had been saved following 12 hours of surgery.  

Mr Morlock told Courier Mail reporter Greg Stolz that a surfer paddled up to him and claimed he remembered Mr Morlock dropping in on him at the break five months ago.   

He claimed the man let his board go from between his legs and it struck him in the eye.

Mr Morlock was given first-aid by a lifeguard, but the attacker still wanted to fight him on the beach.  

Despite this, Mr Morlock told News Limited he would not press charges and just wants the man responsible to seek help for anger-management issues.  

 

INITIAL report, Monday 12.20pm: A TWEED man will today discover if he has lost sight in one eye following a brutal surf rage attack.

Mark Morlock, 41, a professional abalone diver and ship's captain, was surfing the world-famous and crowd break of Snapper Rocks when a man attacked him.

Mr Morlock told Courier Mail reporter Greg Stolz that a surfer paddled up to him and claimed he remembered Mr Morlock dropping in on him five months ago.

He claimed the man let his board go from between his legs and it struck him in the eye.,

'You're not laughing now, are you mate' was what Mr Morlock claimed the attacked had said.

Mr Morlock was given first-aid by a lifeguard, but the attacker still wanted to fight him on the beach.

He was taken to Tweed Hospital, then Gold Coast University Hospital for a reported 12 hours of surgery to try to save his eye.

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