A surfer has been killed in a shark attack on Tuesday off a popular beach on the mid-north coast of Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state, rescuers and police said. Emergency services were called to Tuncurry beach, more than 300 kms (186 miles) north of Sydney, after reports of the shark attack, NSW police said in a statement.
Authorities in New South Wales say the 59-year-old saw sharks (as in plural) in the water nearby, and tried to warn friends, but one of the 13+ foot Great Whites suddenly ambushed the man, latched onto his thigh, and then ferociously began biting him. At this time, it is not known why the shart let go, or how the man was retrieved from the water
"The victim suffered critical injuries, and despite the best efforts of paramedics and bystanders at the scene, he could not be resuscitated," NSW Ambulance said in a tweet.
The incident would be Australia's first fatal shark attack of the year, according to the Taronga Conservation Society, which collects shark attack data. Eight people were killed last year. Tuncurry beach, also called the Nine Mile beach, and neighbouring Forster Main Beach have been closed.