Teenage surfer killed in shark attack off Australian coast

Teenage surfer killed in shark attack off Australian coast

A shark attack killed a teenage surfer when it struck near Australia's Wooli Beach.


A teenager was mauled to death by a shark off the south east coast of Australia, police said Saturday. It is the second fatal shark attack off the country's shores in a week.

The 15-year-old boy, whose name was not disclosed, was surfing at Wooli Beach, near Grafton, around 370 miles north of Sydney, when the creature struck shortly before 2:30 p.m. local time (12:30 a.m ET), New South Wales police said in a statement.

"Witnesses have told police a shark attacked the teenager while he was surfing," the statement said.

"Several board-riders came to his assistance before the injured teen could be helped to shore," it said, adding that first aid was rendered for serious injuries to his legs.

Despite CPR efforts to revive him, the teenager died at the scene, the statement said. Beaches in the surrounding area had been closed, it added.

It is the second shark attack off the Australian coast in a week.

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