Surfer mauled to death by shark in ‘unprecedented’ attack as beaches closed

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A man tragically died after being mauled to death by a shark on Tuesday, May 18.

The horror attack took place at Tuncurry Beach, near Forster, New South Wales, Australia just after 11am local time with experts now probing whether the animal was in fact a Great White Shark, according to reports.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, had been surfing when the animal set upon him, causing a serious injury to his upper right thigh, police said in a statement.

NSW Ambulance confirmed that the man was unable to be saved.

In a tweet, the emergency services wrote: "Despite the best efforts of paramedics and bystanders at the scene, the man could not be resuscitated."

Joshua Smyth, NSW Ambulance inspector, praised members of the public who had managed to bring the man ashore.

“Bystanders, including a retired paramedic, did a valiant job pulling the patient from the water and commencing CPR before paramedics arrived,” he said.

Emergency services, including an air ambulance, rushed to the beach following the terrifying attack.

Paramedics and officers from Manning Great Lakes Police District performed CPR but the man died at the beach.

The beach has now been closed by local authorities following the incident.

The MidCoast Council posted to Facebook to confirm the closures.

“In response to a shark attack at Tuncurry Beach this morning, we have closed all beaches from Black Head to One Mile at Forster,” the council said.

“This decision has been made based on advice from Surf Life Saving NSW officials. We will update here (Facebook) once beaches are reopened.”

Police will work with the Department of Primary Industries to identify the species responsible.

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Drones have been deployed in the area, while photographs of the bite are currently being analysed by DPI scientists to try to determine the species and size of the shark.

There are reports a great white shark was detected at Main Beach on Monday.

Local lifesaver Brian Wilcox said the attack was “pretty unprecedented”.

“I can’t recall ever having a shark attack in this area,” he told ABC TV.

One local posted on Facebook that there was an “eerie feeling” at the beach after what had happened.

“Rest in peace fellow waterman,” the person wrote.

  • Great White Shark
  • Sharks
  • Animals

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