An unidentified 60-year-old Australian surfer died after being bitten by a great white shark that is believed to be nearly ten feet long, said an official police report.
The New South Wales Police said witnesses saw the victim was attacked by a 10-foot shark while he was surfing at Salt Beach, South Kingscliff, shortly after 10 am (local time).
“While he is yet to be formally identified, he is believed to be a 60-year-old man from Queensland,” said the report.
Police added that several board-riders came to his assistance and fought the shark off before the injured man could be helped to shore.
He was rendered first aid for serious injuries to his left leg but died at the scene, the authorities added.
Because of the incident, beaches between Kingscliff and Cabarita have been cleared of swimmers and surfers by officers from Marine Area Command and the local Surf Lifesavers.
The beaches had remained closed for 24 hours.
First responders, police, and biologists are now monitoring the area, said CNN.
Surf Life Saving deployed multiple jet skis, drones, and helicopters to track down the shark. Authorities spotted it from the air and took photographs, CNN added.
Local shark biologists upon assessing the photos and the man’s bite marks, and determined that it had been a large great white shark measuring about three meters (9.8 feet), according to Surf Life Saving.