Boardrider taken in shark attack
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DEVASTATING: Tadashi Nakahara, right, died after being attacked by a shark on Monday. At left, Shelly Beach after the fatality. Picture: Natalie GronoJAPANESE surfer Tadashi Nakahara was sitting only a few metres from shore at a popular Ballina beach on Monday morning when he was attacked from below by a four-metre shark, which severed both his legs, the second shark attack on the NSW Far North Coast in as many days.
Mr Nakahara, 41, a Japanese national who had been living in Ballina for about a year, died from blood loss after four other surfers gallantly dragged him to shore at Shelly Beach in a desperate bid to save his life.
Friends of the man told a local cafe owner the shark came out of nowhere.
‘‘It just came up between a bunch of surfers,’’ the cafe owner said. ‘‘They weren’t even that far out.’’
Surfers who were in the water at the time said they saw the shadow of the shark and estimated it was 3.5 to four metres long.
The fatality came one day after Byron Bay man Jebez Reitman was attacked by a shark about 15 kilometres north. Mr Reitman suffered cuts to his back and puncture marks to his buttocks and is recovering in hospital.
Richmond police Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay praised the bravery of the surfers who came to Mr Nakahara’s aid.
The scene at Ballina’s Shelly Beach. Picture: Natalie Grono
‘‘Two [of the surfers] were very close to him,’’ Detective Inspector Linsday said.
‘‘I think their actions are commendable. Here we have a situation where [there’s] a significant amount of blood in the water, they took to rescue this surfer, bring him in on shore. They did their best and unfortunately they couldn’t stop the blood loss.’’
Mr Nakahara was a passionate surfer, who listed his employment as a distributor for Ballina-based Webster Surfboards. Mr Nakahara’s Facebook page is a shrine to all things surfing.
Inspector Lindsay said someone on the beach had taken phone video footage of the aftermath of the attack, which would hopefully enable authorities to work out the breed of shark.
Ballina mayor David Wright said ‘‘everyone in the town is just dumbfounded’’. ‘‘A shark has come up behind a board paddler who was just sitting on his board and it’s taken the back of the board and part of the gentleman,’’ he told reporters. ‘‘… I’m a supporter of sharks but something has to be done about this one.’’
Beaches between South Ballina and Lennox Head have been closed for 24 hours.
Redhead shark attack survivor Glen ‘‘Lenny’’ Folkard said his thoughts went out to the victim’s family. ‘‘I know every shark attack survivor across the country would be a bit rattled at the moment,’’ Mr Folkard said.
‘‘I was only saying to someone this morning that the day had a feeling about it, and within 90 minutes I get an email saying there had been a fatality.’’
Dozens of rescue crews are scouring the NSW north coast for a shark, believed to be a great white shark, that fatally attacked a surfer on Monday morning
The man died at Shelly Beach, a popular tourist spot in Ballina, just before 10am on Monday, police said.
Surfers who were in the water at the time said they saw the shadow of the shark and estimated it to have been between 3.5 and four metres long, theNorthern Starreported.
Three young surfers pulled the man from the water and administered first aid but he died on the sand.
It is believed the shark bit off both of his legs.
A deserted Shelly Beach. Picture: Natalie Grono
Ballina Shire mayor David Wright said rescuers believed it was a great white shark.
The victim was sitting on his surfboard when the shark came up beneath him, taking off both of his legs and pulling him off his surfboard, he said.
“For a shark to take the board and the person sitting on it, it’s got to be very big,” he said.
Police are at the scene and lifeguards are searching for the shark in jet-skis, rescue boats and a helicopter, a Surf Life Saving NSW spokesman said.
Ballina mayor David Wright at the scene of the fatal shark attack on Monday. Picture: Natalie Grono
All beaches along the 15-kilometre stretch from Lennox Head to South Ballina have been closed at the direction of police.
The man is believed to be a Japanese national in his 20s who had lived in Ballina for several years.
He worked at a Ballina hotel and was well known in the local surfing community.
“He was a really nice guy, he loved his surfing,” said Richard, the manager of a surf shop.
“He always had friends coming out from Japan and he’d always take them surfing.”
Richard said the frequency of shark attacks in the area was “getting crazy”.
“Every week we get someone knocked off their board or nipped, it’s getting ridiculous,” he said.
A crime scene has been established at Shelly Beach and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
Police vehicles at Shelly Beach on Monday after a surfer was killed by a shark. Picture: Natalie Grono
Natasha Loosemore, a worker at the nearby Dunes accommodation facility, said she heard “a lot of sirens” and saw everybody out of the water.
“It’s a surfing beach but it’s also a family beach as well, which is pretty scary,” she said.
Cr Wright said it was likely the shark at Shelly Beach was the same one thatbit a manat Seven Mile Beach near Byron Bay, 25 kilometres away from Shelly Beach, on Sunday morning.
The surfer, believed to be from Byron Bay, suffered a cut to the right side of his back and puncture marks to his buttocks.
A 1.8-metre shark was sighted off Newcastle’s Bar Beach on Friday and a bodysurferwas bitten on the footby a small shark at nearby Merewether Beach.
Police cordon off an area at the southern end of Shelly Beach, Ballina. Picture: Graham Broadhead/Northern Star
Paul Wilcox, 50, died after being mauled by a great white sharkat Clarkes Beach in Byron Bay in September last year.
However, a spokesman for the Department of Primary Industries said on Monday that there was no evidence to suggest increasing populations of potentially dangerous sharks along the NSW coast.
A shark biologist from the department is travelling to Ballina and will study the attack pattern and assist in identification of the shark.