A 60-year-old surfer died after being attacked by a shark off the Australian coast.
The three meter shark tore the man’s leg while surfing on Salt Beach near Kingscliff, New South Wales on Sunday morning at around 10am, Sky News reports.
He received first aid on his left leg, but died of his injuries at around 10:40 a.m., a spokesperson for Surf Live Saving told NSW. Guardian Australia.
Paramedic Terry Savage said the man’s injuries were “significant,” but the efforts of the two men who attempted to help him were “astounding.”
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“Unfortunately, there was nothing else we could do,” he told ABC.
“Getting him to the beach was nothing short of heroic,” he added.
Although large whites are found in the area, the shark breed is unknown.
However, according to the NSW Department of Primary Industries, a bull shark was detected off the coast of Kingscliff on Friday evening.
New South Wales police are still trying to formally identify the Tugun man in Queensland and contact his family.
The gruesome attack prompted swimmers and surfers to be asked to leave nearby beaches, which will be closed for the rest of the day.
The attack would be the third fatal shark attack in Australia this year.
It comes after a diver was killed near Esperance, Western Australia, in January.
In April, a 23-year-old natural worker was attacked on the Great Barrier Reef.