A man has died in a shark attack off Australia’s east coast today in an area where another man suffered a shark attack one day before.
A group of surfers nearby rescued the victim today at Shelly Beach, Ballina. Although the man received first aid, he eventually succumbed to his injuries.
Officials have closed beaches in the area.
Located 20km south of Seven Mile Beach, Ballina has seen 2 shark attacks within the span of 2 days. 35 year-old surfer, Jabez Reitman, was attacked near the area by a 2 to 3m shark yesterday. The shark attacked Mr Reitman while he was surfing off Seven Mile Beach, near Byron Bay.
Fortunately, Mr Reitman survived the ordeal. He was transferred from Byron Bay to Gold Coast University Hospital, which reported that Mr Reitman’s condition was stable.
Another 50 year-old man was killed by a shark at Byron Bay last year in September.
Fatal shark attacksa are rare in Australia’s waters; the country has averaged fewer than two deadly attacks per year.