A surfer died in the first fatal shark attack on Australia's Gold Coast in more than 60 years
- Nick Slater, a 46-year-old surfer, was killed by a shark on Australia's Gold Coast on Tuesday.
- Fellow surfer Jade Parker told reporters that by the time he and other beachgoers pulled Slater out of the water, "from the groin to his knee — there was nothing there."
- The incident was the first fatal shark attack recorded in the region in more than 60 years.
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A surfer was killed Tuesday in the first fatal shark attack on Australia's Gold Coast in more than 60 years.
The victim, Nick Slater, was surfing at Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta, Queensland, when a shark surfaced in the low tide and took a bite out of his surf board. The shark then got hold of the 46-year-old's leg. Slater was left floating in the water as onlookers sprung to action.
The gruesome scene and rescue efforts were caught on coastal watch cameras, as seen 44 seconds into the following segment from Nine News Queensland.
—Nine News Queensland (@9NewsQueensland) September 8, 2020
Jade Parker, a fellow surfer who witnessed the attack, told reporters he "ran down to the beach, dropped my board, [and] sort of trudged through the line-up to get to him" and that "there was probably about three other people in the water trying to pull him in by then."
But Parker told 7 News Gold Coast that Slater was "pretty much already gone" by the time he and other beachgoers dragged Slater back to the sand and lifeguards got him onto a stretcher. He added that Slater's leg was no longer fully attached to his body.
"From the groin area down just below his knee was pretty much all taken," he said. "There was nothing there — it was just, like, hanging there."
—7NEWS Gold Coast (@7NewsGoldCoast) September 8, 2020
Slater, who was surfing for leisure when he was killed, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The shark attack was the first on the Gold Coast since 2012, when a shark bit a 20-year-old surfer and left him with non-fatal injuries. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the region's last fatal shark attack was in 1958.
The Herald also reported that Greenmount Beach implements various shark controls — such as drum lines, bait hooks, and nets — to help prevent attacks on swimmers and surfers.
Beaches in the region were closed following the incident.
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