Man dies after leg was bitten by huge shark near Tweed
A TWEED top cop has praised the heroic actions to two surfers who risked their lives trying to save a man from a shark attack in the Tweed.
A 60-year-old man was attacked by a shark while surfing at a Kingscliff beach this morning at about 10am. Tragically, he died at the scene from a significant wound to his left thigh and another to his lower leg.
Tweed Byron Police District Inspector Matthew Kehoe told the Tweed Daily News how a friend of the victim and another surfer fought off the shark as they "did everything they could to save" the man.
The shark followed, circled the three men and rammed one of their boards.
Insp Kehoe said the men would be recognised for their bravery at a later date.
Three ambulance crews were dispatched to the scene at Casuarina Beach and tried to treat the critical leg injury.
NSW Ambulance duty operations manager Inspector Terence Savage said: "When you get a call to attend a shark attack, you never really know the full extent of the damage until you get on scene."
"This is a dreadful situation for everyone involved.
"As a paramedic, all we want to do is help people.
"They did everything they could to try and save his life, but despite their best efforts, were unable to do so. "During this tragic time, our hearts are with his family."
Insp Kehoe said the type of shark involved in the attack was yet to be confirmed.
Photos of the bite wounds and a shark still in the area have been sent to NSW Fisheries and the Department of Primary Industry for identification.
Insp Kehoe said he was not aware of any other recent shark attacks in Tweed's history.
A Salt Surf Life Saver has described scenes of locals lining the top of the beach in shock after a fatal shark attack in Kingscliff this morning.
SLS James Owen, who is also a Tweed Shire Councillor, said the incident happened about 1km north of the Salt clubhouse where a 60-year-old man believed to be from Queensland suffered a bite to his leg.
"At the moment we are concentrating on making the beach safe," he told the Tweed Daily News.
"It is so awful on so many levels and our hearts are with this man's family and friends. "
Everyone is sensible enough to know sharks are all around and it could happen... but this area is not known for shark attacks.
"I think it's going to take a while for the community to process and deal with it all."
The Daily understands there are currently Surf Life Savers on jet skis patrolling the beaches as well as drones in the air making sure no one else is in the water in the area as well as looking for shark activity.
"Everyone is doing as much as they can to keep the community calm and support this man's family and friends," Mr Owen said.
Authorities are yet to identify the type of shark but it is understood to be the season when great white sharks are active off that part of the coast.
A MAN has died after a suspected shark attack at Kingscliff.
Witnesses told police a 3m shark attacked a man while he was surfing at Salt Beach, South Kingscliff, shortly after 10am today.
Police were told several board-riders came to his assistance and fought the shark off before the injured man could be helped to shore.
He was rendered first aid for serious injuries to his left leg but died at the scene.
While he is yet to be formally identified, he is believed to be a 60-year-old man from Queensland.
Beaches between Kingscliff and Cabarita have been cleared of swimmers and surfers by officers from Marine Area Command and the local Surf Lifesavers.
The beaches will remain closed for 24 hours.
Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District will be working with the Department of Primary Industry to investigate the death.
Beachgoers are urged to follow safety advice from Surf Life Saving NSW and by visiting the Department of Primary Industry's website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/sharks and the SharkSmart app.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.
SLS advise fatal shark bite at KINGSCLIFF, Tweed at 10:41 am on 7 Jun 2020. SLS has closed beach for 24 hours.— SharkSmart (@NSWSharkSmart) June 7, 2020
A SURFER has died after a reported shark attack off the northern NSW coast just south of the Gold Coast.
The incident is understood to have occurred in Kingscliff where the man, believed to be in his 50s, was in the waters off North Point Ave.
Emergency services are on-scene and the beach was closed.
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"During this tragic time, our hearts are with his family"