SYDNEY – A surfer was fatally bitten by a shark off the east coast of Australia on Sunday as many locals went to the beaches to celebrate Father’s Day.
Fellow surfers, onlookers and paramedics gave the man CPR, but he had a serious arm injury and was unable to be resuscitated, said New South Wales Ambulance Officer Chris Wilson.
The attack occurred off Shelly and Emerald Beaches in Coffs Harbor, approximately 530 miles north of Sydney.
Witness Aaron Armstrong said Emerald Beach is very popular and many locals are in the water to enjoy and celebrate Father’s Day. “Yeah, it’s going to change the stuff in EB for a while, that’s for sure,” Armstrong told Australian Broadcasting Corp.
He said it was the first shark attack in the community that he and other locals knew about.
The state of New South Wales is under a coronavirus lockdown, but people can leave their homes to practice sports, including swimming. People from the same family can go to the beach on Father’s Day.
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Before Sunday, the last fatal shark attack in Australia occurred in May off the coast of Forster, 137 miles north of Sydney.