JN / Agencies
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A 17-year-old surfer died this Saturday attacked by a shark, in what is the second fatal attack in a week and at least the fifth in Australia this year.
According to police, the teenager was surfing at Wooli Beach, near Grafton, about 600 kilometers (370 miles) north of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, just before 2.30 pm local time, when was attacked.
The shark’s attack caused him severe leg injuries.
Several surfers rushed to the young man’s aid and helped him to the beach to receive medical care, but despite efforts to revive him, the boy died on the spot.
Jim Simmons, mayor of Clarence Valley, said that visitors had arrived in the area for school holidays and that there were likely to be many people in the water.
“What happened this afternoon would shake everyone,” said Jim Simmons, adding, “It’s terribly shocking. All of our feelings, from the people in the area, go to the boy’s family.”
Last Saturday, a 20-year-old scuba diver died after being attacked by a shark off the coast of the Australian state of Queensland. The man was attacked near Indian Head, on the eastern side of Fraser Island.
The attack took place not far from where 23-year-old Queensland ranger Zachary Robba was fatally attacked by a great white shark in April.
A 57-year-old diver was also killed off Western Australia in January, and a 60-year-old surfer died off Kingscliff in New South Wales in June.