Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Australia shark attack: Man killed at Byron Bay

A 50-year-old man has been killed in a shark attack off a beach in Byron Bay, the most easterly point on the Australian mainland, officials say.

The man sustained severe injuries on his right leg at the popular tourist destination in New South Wales.

A swimmer brought him in to the beach but he was pronounced dead.

Beaches in the area have been closed for 24 hours and people are being warned to stay out of the water.

"At 10:45 police and paramedics were called to Main Beach after reports of a shark attack," New South Wales police said in a statement.

The man was in the water when he was bitten by what was believed to be a shark, they said.

"He was seen floating in shallow water, close to the shore line, and dragged onto the beach. An ambulance was called and he was pronounced dead a short time later," the statement said.

Police said the wife of the man - who has not been identified - was watching from the shore, ABC reported.

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