A 46-year-old Australian surfer has died after being attacked by a shark on a famous Gold Coast beach in Australia, the first fatality in the area in 62 years, Reuters Australia reports.
The tragedy occurred despite special “shark nets” and other measures to protect against marine predators.
The athlete was attacked on Greenmount beach, the site of the annual world surfing Championships. There can be hundreds of people in the water at the same time; the area is considered one of the safest in Australia.
Other surfers pulled the victim to shore. The man died at the scene from his injuries. Authorities have closed beaches along the Gold Coast.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said a large tiger shark was trapped, but it is not known if it attacked a person.
Specially designed “shark nets” are placed in the waters of many popular Australian beaches. This reduces the likelihood of fish attacks but does not create a complete barrier between swimmers and predators.
There have been several human encounters with great white sharks on the East coast of Australia in recent months. According to data published by the Taronga nature conservation society, a total of 19 were recorded in 2020.