A man was killed in a shark attack in Australia’s Gold Coast city, marking the first fatal attack at the beaches in over 60 years.
46-year-old, Nick Slater was at Greenmount Beach at Coolangatta when a shark mauled his leg on Tuesday.
Nearby surfers found him floating in shallow water next to his board. He was rushed to shore and given first aid but died at the scene.
Authorities closed a section of the beach on Wednesday to conduct helicopter and jetski searches for the shark.
“Once we know that the shark is not in the vicinity or we have tracked it, then the beach will be reopened,” said the city’s mayor Tom Tate.
He said it was the first shark death at a Gold Coast beach since 1958, adding authorities were investigating the event.
The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most famous tourist destinations, popular for its long white-sand beaches, surfing breaks and inland waterways.
Its beaches have been protected by shark nets and drumlines – baited hooks suspended underwater – since the 1960s, and shark attacks have been rare.
Officials said it was too early to say whether additional shark protection measures would be needed.
Slater’s death is the sixth fatal attack by a shark in Australia this year, with most occurring along the country’s east coast.
In June, two surfers were fatally attacked in separate incidents off nearby northern New South Wales.