Fatal shark attack off Aussie beach
A MAN was killed by a shark in front of his wife yesterday at a popular Australian beach, after being bitten on the leg while swimming, officials said.
The man, in his 50s, was in the water in Byron Bay on the New South Wales (NSW) north coast, a popular tourist destination, when he was spotted floating with a wound on his leg.
"Other swimmers pulled him onto the beach with a very serious bite to his leg," said a NSW ambulance spokesman. "It is suspected to be from a shark."
A doctor was on a beach in the area at the time and tried to save the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
"He was only 15m or 20m from the beach," said Inspector Bobbie Cullen. The police said his wife was watching from the beach when the attack occurred.
A large shark believed to be a great white was spotted near the area soon after the attack.
Beaches in the area were closed while the authorities tracked the animal and tried to force it out to sea using helicopters and jet skis.