Surfer dies after shark attack in Australia

Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Published: 15:40, May 18,2021


A file photo taken January 17, 2015 shows swimmers seen in the water despite shark warning signs posted on the beach in the northern New South Wales city of Newcastle. — AFP photo

A surfer has died after being bitten by a shark at a beach north of Sydney, Australian authorities said on Tuesday.

Paramedics were called to Tuncurry Beach, about three hours’ drive from Australia’s most populous city following reports of the attack on Tuesday morning.

‘Despite the best efforts of paramedics and bystanders at the scene, the man could not be resuscitated,’ New South Wales Ambulance tweeted.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, went into cardiac arrest after being bitten on his thigh, a spokesman told AFP. Police said he was surfing when the attack occurred.

The New South Wales state government’s SharkSmart organisation said beaches in the area had been closed until further notice following the incident.

It was the first shark attack recorded in Australian waters this year, according to the Taronga Conservation Society Australia.

There were 26 maulings in 2020, eight of them fatal, data from the government agency shows.

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