A man died after being struck by a shark off the coast of Australia, popular for surfing on Tuesday.
Rescuers told the media that they came to the surfer’s aid after he was found floating face down at Greenmount Beach on the Gold Coast, but the paramedics were unable to save the man.
“Paramedics examined the male patient for serious injuries and, sadly, the gentleman had succumbed to those injuries,” said the Queensland Emergency Service spokesperson.
It’s the first deadly shark attack on the Gold Coast in decades, according to local reports.
The footage revealed that the guy was running backward, and his surfboard was later found with a major bite mark.
A person who helped pull the surfer ashore told Seven News that a significant portion of the man’s left leg was missing.
Shark sightings are uncommon in the region, he said, with shark preventions like bait hooks and nets deployed along the coast for decades.
The beach on the coast of Queensland is surrounded by popular surf breaks, making the area a major tourist destination.
This would be the seventh fatal shark attack in Australian waters this year, according to the Australian Shark Attack File kept by the Taronga Conservation Society of Australia.