Sydney: A 17-year-old surfer died on Saturday when he was ruled by a shark, the second fatal attack in a week and at least the fifth in Australia this year.
Police said the teenager was surfing in Woolley Beach near Gupton, about 600 kilometers (370 mi) from Sydney, in the state of New South Wales before 2:30 pm when he was attacked. The shark attack caused severe injuries to his legs.
Many surfers came to the aid of the boy and helped him shore up for therapy. Despite attempts to revive CPR, he died on the spot.
Clarence Valley Shire Mayor Jim Simmons said visitors come to the area for school holidays and there are likely to be many people in the water.
“Everyone will be shaken by what happened there this afternoon,” Simmons said. “It’s very shocking. Our sympathy is from the people of the area, from the family of the boy. ”
Last Saturday, a 20-year-old scuba diver was killed after being attacked by a shark off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The man was attacked near the Indian chief on the eastern side of Fraser Island.
The attack was not far from when 23-year-old Queensland wildlife ranger Zachary Roba hunted a magnificent white shark in April.
A 57-year-old diver was killed in the state of Western Australia in January, and a 60-year-old surfer from Kingscliff in the state of New South Wales was killed in June.