A swimmer has died after being bitten by a shark on a beach in a Sydney suburb, Australian authorities said, in the city’s first fatal shark attack in nearly 60 years.
Emergency services arrived in Buchan Point, Malabar, around 4:35 p.m. local time on Wednesday, following a report of a shark attack on a swimmer in the water, it was reported. New South Wales Police. The officers found human remains in the water.
“Unfortunately, this individual was catastrophically injured as a result of the attack and there was nothing paramedics could do when we arrived at the scene,” NSW Ambulance Inspector Lucky Frachanh said in a statement.
NSW Police did not provide further details but said they would prepare a coroner’s report and work with the state Department of Primary Industries to investigate the circumstances surrounding the swimmer’s death.
An unnamed eyewitness, obviously shaken, said to Australian Broadcasting Corporation He was fishing nearby when he saw a man in a wetsuit swimming across the bay being dragged underwater by a large shark in an attack that lasted several seconds.
“He was screaming at first, and then when he got down, there were a lot of spots,” he said. “The shark won’t stop.”
Buchan Point Hotel is located between Little Bay Beach and Malabar Beach in Randwick City.
Randwick City Council It announced that all area beaches would be closed for 24 hours “as part of standard operating procedures after a deadly attack.” Lifeguards will be patrolling the beaches for more shark sightings.
“The coast is our community’s backyard,” Randwick Mayor Dylan Parker said. “Little Bay is usually a nice, quiet place for families to enjoy.” “Losing someone in a shark attack like this is frightening. We are all in shock.”
The council said this was the first fatal shark attack in Randwick “in recent memory,” noting that a non-fatal shark attack occurred south of the area in February 2018.
In fact, it was the first fatal shark attack on a Sydney beach since 1963, ABC reports. Actress Marcia Hathaway, who was 32 at the time, died after she was bitten twice on the leg by a shark while she was standing in murky water. 30 inches deep In Sugarloaf Bay.
Witnesses to Wednesday’s attack said a great white shark “pierced under the victim,” witnesses said. international shark attack filea global database housed in the Florida Museum of Natural History.
“White sharks often hunt by swimming directly under the prey, using shadows to mark targets,” he explains. “Unfortunately, due to poor visibility and turbid water, it can potentially be difficult for sharks to distinguish between humans and traditional prey species such as seals.”
According to trackers, there have been 76 unexplained shark bites in Australian waters in the past five years. Four of the 11 fatal attacks occurred elsewhere in New South Wales.
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) says that you more likely to die From things like heart disease, drowning, lightning, and fireworks more than a shark attack.
And authorities in New South Wales say that while most sharks are harmless to humans, There are steps Swimmers can do to reduce their encounters. These include swimming in a patrolled position between red and yellow flags, avoiding swimming and surfing at dawn, dusk and night, and staying away from estuaries, murky waters, and swarms of bait fish.
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