Saturday 16 December 2017

Surfer dies after shark rips off legs in second attack

Australia has had a spate of fatal shark attacks in recent years
Australia has had a spate of fatal shark attacks in recent years

Jonathan Pearlman

A surfer in Australia was killed by a 12-foot shark yesterday after his legs were severed in an attack just 30 feet from shore at a beach close to popular backpacker destination Byron Bay.

Tadashi Nakahara (41) from Japan, died from blood loss after an attack that may be linked to a shark attack which left a 35-year-old with wounds to his back at a nearby beach at the weekend.

Mr Nakahara, who had been living in the area for a year, was reportedly sitting on his surfboard when the shark struck at about 9.45am at Shelly Beach in Ballina, a popular holiday destination in northern New South Wales.

A video taken by a witness on the beach apparently shows a large amount of blood in the water shortly after the attack.

Police said Mr Nakahara was surfing with a group and two people were close-by when a "very large" shark attacked. "Two surfers rendered assistance and brought him to shore and a further two other surfers who were in the area also paddled in and assisted to try and attend to the injuries of the surfer," said Detective-Inspector Cameron Lindsay.

"At this stage we believe he died of blood loss."

Authorities were examining the area to assess the threat to surfers and to try to find the shark. Australia has had a spate of fatal shark attacks in recent years.

Experts say the rise may be due to changing water temperatures or the increase in the number of people entering the water. David Wright, the mayor of Ballina, told ABC News: "It's a terrible tragedy. Everyone in town is just dumbfounded. This shark is just cruising around." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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