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Surfer dies in shark attack off Australian beach

Surfer dies in shark attack off Australian beach

A shark warning sign is seen on a beach in Australia on Jan 17, 2015. (File photo: AFP/Peter Parks)

MELBOURNE: A surfer died on Sunday (Sep 5) after being bitten by a shark off a surfing beach on Australia's east coast, paramedics said.

The incident took place off the Emerald Beach, about 550km north of Sydney.

"Despite the best efforts of bystanders, paramedics and other emergency services the patient sadly died at the scene," New South Wales Ambulance said on its Twitter account.

The beach, about 20km north of Coffs Harbour, was closed after the incident, Coffs Harbour Lifeguards officials said.

The surfer was believed to be in his late 20s and was bitten in the arm, media reported.

Australia ranked behind only the United States in the number of unprovoked shark encounters with humans in 2019, according to the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File.

Source: Reuters/zl

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