Teen killed in suspected shark attack off Australian coast

Teen killed in suspected shark attack off Australian coast

File photo of a shark sighted sign in New South Wales, Australia
FILE PHOTO: A shark warning sign is seen posted on the beach in the northern New South Wales city of Newcastle on Jan 17, 2015. (Photo: AFP / Peter Parks)

SYDNEY: A teenage boy died from a suspected shark attack while surfing off Australia's east coast, the police said on Saturday (Jul 11), adding that surrounding beaches had been closed.

The boy, 17, was attacked while surfing near Coffs Harbour, 380km south of Brisbane, police said, citing witnesses.

Several other surfers took the boy to shore, where he was treated for severe leg injuries but he died at the scene, they said. The boy's name and nationality were not disclosed.

Local authorities are conducting a formal investigation of the incident.

Australia is known for a large number of unprovoked shark encounters with humans and Saturday's attack was the country's 10th so far in 2020, according to data published by the Taronga Conservation Society.

Source: Reuters/kv