A shark fatally mauled a surfer on Tuesday on Australia’s Gold Coast city tourist strip in a rare attack off a beach protected by shark netting, officials said. Making this the first fatal shark attack in 60 years on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Tuesday at Greenmount Beach at Coolangatta -a popular surf spot- Nick Slater, 46, was surfing when a shark mauled his leg. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-54082545)
Found floating in shallow water next to his board, he was rushed to shore and given first aid.
The beach is currently closed while authorities search for the shark. “Once we know that the shark is not in the vicinity or we have tracked it, then the beach will be reopened,” stated the cities mayor Tom Tate (bbc)
In an interview conducted by CNN affiliate 7 News a witness Jade Parker said that he had seen that the man was badly injured, but surf lifesavers had started treating him as soon as rescuers had gotten him on the beach. Parker said the wound extended from the man’s groin to slightly past his knee.”He was pretty much already gone by then,” added Parker. (CNN)
Paramedics treated his injuries but he died at the scene.