Man dies in shark attack at Australian beach
A man has died following a shark attack in Australia despite the efforts of "incredibly brave" surfers and bystanders who came to his aid, authorities said yesterday.
The man, believed to be in his 20s, was mauled by the shark at Emerald Beach near Coffs Harbour, about six hours north of Sydney, according to paramedics.
Emergency crews, including a helicopter medical team, rushed to the scene just before 11:00am local time yesterday after receiving calls for help.
Chris Wilson, a New South Wales Ambulance inspector, said paramedics arrived to find local surfers and bystanders attempting to save the man, saying the group was "incredibly brave in a very challenging situation".
"It was devastating for everybody on the beach this morning," he said.
"The patient suffered a critical injury to his arm, but despite the best efforts of bystanders, paramedics and other emergency services, the patient couldn't be revived."