A surfer died Sunday after being bitten by a shark off a surfing beach on Australia’s east coast, paramedics said.
The incident took place at Emerald Beach, about 550 km north of Sydney.
“Despite the best efforts of bystanders, paramedics and other emergency services, the patient unfortunately died at the scene,” New South Wales Ambulance said on its Twitter account.
The beach, about 20 km (12 miles) north of Coffs Harbor, was closed after the incident, Coffs Harbor Lifeguards officials said.
The surfer is said to be in his late twenties and has been bitten in the arm, media reported.
According to the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File, Australia was only behind the United States in the number of unprovoked human-human encounters in 2019.
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