A man in his 20s has died after suffering a shark bite to the arm while surfing in New South Wales, Australia. Despite an hour of CPR and treatment, emergency services were unable to revive the man.
Man dies after suffering shark bite while swimming in Australia
The incident took place on a beach north of Coffs Harbour. Paramedics arrived at the scene before 11 a.m. this morning (Sept. 5) via helicopter, but were unable to rescue him.
Despite an hour of CPR and treatment, emergency services were unable to revive the man.
New South Wales Ambulance Inspector Chris Wilson told Nine News he was clearly shocked: “A male, approximately 20 years old, suffered significant upper body injuries, which have resulted in major bl… I can’t even say.”
He continued, “It was devastating for everyone on the beach this morning. Several local surfers and bystanders came to this man’s aid, they were incredibly brave in a very difficult situation. The Westpac rescue helicopter flew an intensive care medical team to the beach for further treatment.
“The patient suffered a critical arm injury, but despite the efforts of bystanders, paramedics and other emergency services, the patient could not be resuscitated.
The NSW Ambulance Twitter feed wrote: “Paramedics are responding to reports of a shark attack at Emerald Beach just north of Coffs Harbour.”
— NSW Ambulance (@NSWAmbulance) September 5, 2021
Three hours later, an update read, “Despite the best efforts of bystanders, paramedics and other emergency services the patient sadly died at the scene.”
Resident Glenn Coleman told ABC that he heard sirens coming down his street. “We listened immediately and knew something had happened, many locals had been out surfing for Father’s Day. “It’s a heavy feeling,” Mr. Coleman added.