A surfer in Australia died after being struck by a shark off the coast of New South Wales on Tuesday.
After a shark bit into his upper leg, the 59-year-old man suffered serious blood loss and went into cardiac arrest. The man was surfing with his friends at Tuncurry Beach while on holiday.
“It’s believed that when the attack occurred the man did actually see the shark and called out to try to warn others,” said Police Superintendent Chris Schilt.
According to the Taronga Conservation Society, this is the first deadly shark attack in Australia this year.
The man’s friends were able to drag him to shore where he received treatment from four ambulances but ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
The beach was closed Wednesday as authorities searched for a great white shark that was believed to have bitten the man.
Two great white sharks, both measuring nearly 15 feet, were spotted by drones deployed above the waters near the beach.
“Any target sharks [including] white, tiger or bull sharks that are caught will be relocated about 1.5 kilometers offshore before being tagged and released,” the NSW Department of Primary Industries said.