Report By: Nandika Chand | Last Updated June 7, 2020
Beaches in Australia have been closed for 24-hours after a surfer was attacked by a 10-foot Great White Shark off Salt Beach in South Kingscliff, New South Wales (NSW). Two men came to the 60-year-old’s aid and managed to fight off the shark. But he succumbed on the beach.
“The male was taken out of the water with the assistance of some surfers in the area. But tragically, he passed away at the scene. He suffered significant injury to his left leg,” NSW Police Detective Inspector Matt Kehoe said. “The man was bitten on the back of his thigh and received first aid on shore for serious injuries on his left leg but died at the scene.” Shark biologists, through the photo’s of the man’s bite injuries, determined that it had been a great white shark up to 9.8 feet.
Authorities said beaches between the towns of Kingscliff and Cabarita will close for 24-hours. Earlier this year, a diver was attacked by a great white shark off the southern coast of Western Australia. In April, a 23-year-old wildlife officer was killed by a shark near the Great Barrier Reef.