A 60-year-old surfer died Sunday after being attacked by a three-meter white shark off the north coast of New South Wales. The man was bitten on the back of the thigh and taken to shore by other surfers who had chased him away. the shark, according to a statement from the rescue group Surf Life Saving NSW. The victim, from Tugun, across the state border with Queensland, received first aid on the shore but died on the beach, before being transferred to a hospital. “Police have been informed that several surfers came in their help and made the shark flee before the wounded man could be transported to the coast, “the security forces said in a statement. For its part, the Department of Primary Industries reported that a shark biologist evaluated the photos and confirmed that “A white shark was responsible for the deadly attack.” Recorded images from a helicopter showed the animal still scouring the area. New South Wales ambulance inspector Terence Savage described the situation as “appalling” for all involved. “When you get a call to deal with a shark attack, you never really know the extent of the damage until you get to the site, ”he said. “They did everything they could to try to save his life, but despite all their efforts, they could not do it.” The nearby beaches were evicted by bathers and surfers and will remain closed 24 hours. It was the third fatal shark attack recorded this year in Australia. A diver died in January near Esperance, on the coast of Western Australia. A 23-year-old nature worker died in April after an attack on the Great Barrier Reef, and according to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, there were 27 shark attacks in Australia in 2019, none of them fatal.
— Jorge Gabriel Santana to www.cachicha.com