Australian surfer killed in shark attack

Man (60) dies some 500 miles north of Sydney after board-riders pull him to shore

The surfer died at the scene despite medical attention. Photograph: Reuters

The surfer died at the scene despite medical attention. Photograph: Reuters

 

A 10ft shark attacked and killed a 60-year-old Australian man on Sunday while he was surfing in the north of New South Wales state, police said.

Several board-riders came to the assistance of the Queensland man and fought the shark off before pulling him to shore at Salt Beach, near Kingscliff, some 800km (500 miles) north of Sydney.

“He was rendered first aid for serious injuries to his left leg but died at the scene,” police said in a statement.

Although shark-related deaths are rare in Australia, it has recorded a number of unprovoked shark encounters with humans.

Australia’s beaches with their ocean breaks draw surfers from around the world.

Based on data from the Taronga Conservation Society, a government agency in charge of several zoological parks, Sunday’s death would be the third in Australia this year.

There were no fatalities last year. – Reuters