Surfer in Australia Dies After Being Bitten by Shark

A man in his 50s is the latest person to die from a shark attack in Australia, after he was bit in the thigh while surfing with three friends.


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shark attack has claimed the life of a surfer in Australia.

The man, who was in his 50s, was surfing at Tuncurry Beach in Forster, New South Wales when the shark reportedly bit into his upper thigh, according to CNN. The man first saw the shark and attempted to notify his three friends. When he became the victim, those same friends pulled him from the water, with the assistance of bystanders. However, his extreme loss of blood led to cardiac arrest and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Despite the best efforts of paramedics and bystanders at the scene, the man could not be resuscitated,” NSW Ambulance tweeted. First responders were called to the beach at around 11:20 a.m. local time, or 9:20 p.m. ET on Monday.

#UPDATE Despite the best efforts of paramedics and bystanders at the scene the man could not be resuscitated

— NSW Ambulance (@NSWAmbulance) May 18, 2021

Beaches in Forster have been shuttered for 24 hours while the government surveys the area with drones. TMZ reports that the shark is thought to be a great white that is 13 to 15 feet in length.

SLS advise beaches in Forster/Tuncurry closed until further notice after reported shark incident, 18 May 2021.

— SharkSmart (@NSWSharkSmart) May 18, 2021

Lower North Coast Surf Life Saving branch president Brian Wilcox told tAustralian Broadcasting Corp that the attack was “pretty unprecedented. I can’t recall ever having a shark attack in this area.”

He continued, “We’ll … do drone missions for the next couple of days, within the Tuncurry Beach area, just to make sure there are no sharks hanging around.” He said that the drone search showed two sharks were in the area.

Last year saw eight fatal shark attacks in Australia, the most since 1929, when nine people died.

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