A man has died after a shark attack in Australia, despite the efforts of “incredibly brave” surfers and bystanders who came to his rescue, authorities said on Sunday.
The man, believed to be in his 20s, was mauled by the shark on Emerald Beach near Coffs Harbour, about six hours north of Sydney, according to paramedics.
Emergency services, including a medical helicopter team, arrived on the scene just before 11 a.m. local time on Sunday after calling for help.
Chris Wilson, a New South Wales Ambulance Inspector, said paramedics arrived to find local surfers and bystanders trying to save the man, saying the group was “incredibly brave in a very challenging situation”.
“It was devastating for everyone on the beach this morning,” he said.
“The patient suffered a critical injury to his arm, but despite the best efforts of bystanders, paramedics and other emergency services, the patient was unable to be resuscitated.”
The Coffs Harbor Lifeguards service said the beach and surrounding waters were closed to swimmers and surfers due to the incident.
“Our condolences go out to family and friends. Please do not enter the water in the area,” a Facebook post read.
It was the second fatal shark attack in Australian waters this year, according to the Taronga Conservation Society Australia.
In 2020, there were 26 maulings, eight of which were fatal, according to government agency data.
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