Shark attack in Australia kills man surfing off Gold Coast beach
A surfer died Tuesday after asharkmauled him at a popular beach onAustralia’sGold Coast, an official said.
The man, who witnesses described as in his 50s, was dragged to shore by surfers at Greenmount Beach with critical injuries, Queensland state Ambulance Service spokesman Darren Brown said.
A witness described their efforts to rescue the man to Australia’s 7 News.
“We got him onto the sand,” said the witness. “There was a lifeguard 4WD there already … and they had a stretcher. We put him on the stretcher but he was pretty much gone by then.”
A man has died in the first fatal shark attack on the GC in more than 60 years. 7NEWS spoke with one of the men who tried to bring him into shore. “I ran down to the beach, dropped by board, sort of trudged through the line-up to get to him.” https://t.co/DGEFxQcf41#7NEWSpic.twitter.com/2DEI9URIr6
He also described the man’s injuries, saying “there wasn’t any blood.”
“From the groin to his knee, there was nothing there,” the witness said. “It was just like hanging there but not much.”
Brown confirmed that paramedics determined the man was dead after he was brought to the beach.
No details were immediately available about the shark. However, British dailyThe Timesreported that is was believed to be a large great white shark.
Surfers wade in the water waiting for waves off the Southern Gold Coast area of Greenmount Beach, Gold Coast, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. A shark fatally mauled a man on Tuesday on Australia’s Gold Coast city tourist strip, an official said. (David Clark/AAP via AP)
The last fatal shark attack off a Gold Coast beach was in 1958.
Greenmount Beach, located in the city of Coolangatta on Queensland’s popular Gold Coast, is one of 85 beaches in the state to have been protected by shark nets and drum lines.
The death is only the second fatal shark attack off one of these 85 beaches since the protections went into effect as early as 1962, the state government said.
Shark nets are suspended from floats and run parallel to beaches. They are 610 feet (186 meters) long and 20 feet (6 meters) deep. Sharks can swim under the nets and around their ends.
It was the sixth fatal shark attack in Australia this year.
A 15-year-old boywas killed while surfing off Wooli Beachin New South Whales on July 11. A week earlier, a 36-year-old spear fishermandied hours after a shark bit him on a leg north of the Gold Coast near Fraser Island.
A 60-year-old surferwas killed by a 10-foot (3-meter) great white sharkat an unprotected beach south of the Gold Coast near Kingscliff on June 7.