Surfer mauled to death in shark attack on 'netted' beach at tourist spot

A tragic surfer was found floating face down in the water after being mauled to death by a shark at a netted beach.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, had been riding the waves at Greenmount Beach on Australia’s Gold Coast when he was killed by the predator.

Just before 5pm local time the surfer was bitten on the leg.

Emergency crews rushed to the popular tourist spot and paramedics treated the man on the shore but he could not be saved.

Beaches both north and south of Greenmount Beach were immediately closed after the attack.



Lifeguards evacuated other swimmers from the water and attempted to help the man before paramedics arrived.

Pictures show paramedics and lifeguards tending to the man’s injuries in the back of a beach buggy. 

Members of the public are seen holding up a sheet to cover the man as he received treatment.



The man was swimming near the Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Lifesaving Club when he was attacked.

A police spokesperson said the man had been pulled from the water and investigations into the attack are continuing. 

The attack is the first in decades to occur at a netted Queensland beach. 

A netted beach is one which is surrounded by submerged nets to reduce shark attacks.

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