An Australian man has been killed in a shark attack off Queensland’s Gold Coast. Marking the first death by a shark attack at the city’s beaches in over 60 years.
Nick Slater becomes first person to be killed by a shark for 60 years on the Gold Coast: Nick Slater, 46, was at Greenmount Beach at Coolangatta, when a shark attacked and chewed into his leg yesterday.
Fellow surfers spotted him floating in shallow water next to his board.
The surfers grabbed his limp body to shore and he was given emergency treatment but died at the scene.
Authorities closed an 18km (11-mile) section of beaches today to conduct helicopter and jet ski searches for the shark. Reported to be a 3m great white.
“Once we know that the shark is not in the vicinity or we have tracked it, then the beach will be reopened,” said the city’s mayor Tom Tate.
Nick Slater first person killed by a shark for 60 years on the Gold Coast since 1958
It’s the first death in the area by way of a shark attack since 1958. Unfortunately, real estate agent Nick Slater has now been added to the list some 60 years later.
Witnesses at the scene told how there was a huge chunk missing from the surfer’s leg and board around the size of a basketball.
Mr Slater’s death is the sixth fatal attack by a shark in Australia this year so far. With most attacks taking place along the country’s east coast.
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