A surfer has died on Sunday due to a “significant” injury to his arm after being bitten by a shark at Emerald Beach on Australia’s east coast.
Fellow surfers and bystanders have tried giving the man, who was believed to be in his late 20s, CPR before medical help arrived but they were unable to save him.
There were four crews which included the Westpac Rescue Helicopter medical team composed of a critical care doctor and a critical care paramedic came to the rescue but the man was already dead upon their arrival.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Chris Wilson said that the incident was “devastating” for everyone on the beach at the time.
Witness Aaron Armstrong said Emerald Beach was very popular among many locals and many were in the area enjoying and celebrating Father’s Day. He added that it was the first shark attack in the community that he and other locals knew of.
The local community council has closed Shelly Beach, Emerald Beach, and Serenity Beach for the next 48 hours.
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