An Australian man has been killed in a shark assault off Queensland’s Gold Coast, marking the primary deadly assault on the vacationer metropolis’s seashores in over 60 years.
Nick Slater, 46, was at Greenmount Seaside at Coolangatta – a well known surf spot – when a shark mauled his leg on Tuesday.
Close by surfers discovered him floating in shallow water subsequent to his board.
He was rushed to shore and given first support however died on the scene.
Authorities closed an 18km (11-mile) part of seashores on Wednesday to conduct helicopter and jetski searches for the shark – reported to be a 3m nice white.
“As soon as we all know that the shark is just not within the neighborhood or we’ve tracked it, then the seashore might be reopened,” stated town’s mayor Tom Tate.
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He stated it was the primary shark loss of life at a Gold Coast seashore since 1958, including authorities had been investigating the occasion.
Space protected by nets and hooks
Mr Slater, an area actual property agent, had been browsing subsequent to Snapper Rocks level, which hosted a World Surf League competitors in March.
One witness informed the Courier Mail newspaper Mr Slater had been bitten throughout the higher leg, and “it was just about all taken”.
A surfer who offered assist, Jade Parker, stated there was a big chunk mark on Mr Slater’s board.
“It was in all probability about the identical circumference as a basketball… and there was a tooth nonetheless lodged within the fibreglass which I needed to take away,” he informed the Australian Broadcasting Company.
The Gold Coast is certainly one of Australia’s most well-known vacationer locations, well-liked for its lengthy white-sand seashores, browsing breaks and inland waterways.
Its seashores have been protected by shark nets and drumlines – baited hooks suspended underwater – for the reason that Sixties, and shark assaults have been uncommon.
Officers stated it was too early to say whether or not extra shark safety measures could be wanted.
The Gold Coast noticed a deadly shark assault in 2003, however that incident occurred inland in sprawling canals linked to the ocean.
Mr Slater’s loss of life is the sixth deadly assault by a shark in Australia this yr, with most occurring alongside the nation’s east coast.
In June, two surfers had been fatally attacked in separate incidents off close by northern New South Wales.
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