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A surfer believed to be in his 30s has died after being bitten by a shark on the New South Wales North Coast on Sunday, lifeguards and paramedics say.
Despite their best efforts, the man died at the scene. “It was devastating for everybody on the beach this morning,” Chris Wilson from NSW Ambulance said.
“A number of local surfers and bystanders came to the aid of this man. They were incredibly brave in a very challenging situation. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter winched in a critical care medical team onto the beach to continue treatment.
The patient suffered a critical injury to his arm, but despite the best efforts of bystanders, paramedics and other emergency services, the patient couldn’t be revived.”
Witness Aaron Armstrong said Emerald Beach was very popular and many locals were in the water enjoying and celebrating Father’s Day.
Mr Armstrong told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: “Yeah, it will change the fabric a little bit for a little while in EB, that’s for sure.” He said it was the first shark attack in the community that he and other locals knew of.
New South Wales state is under a coronavirus lockdown but people can leave their homes for exercise, including swimming. People from the same family can go to the beach for Father’s Day. Before Sunday, the most recent fatal shark attack in Australia was in May off the coast of Forster, 137 miles north of Sydney.