Man dies after shark attack at Shelly Beach, Ballina
|01/07/2018||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
Deserted: Shelly Beach on Monday morning after a surfer was killed by a shark. Photo: Natalie Grono Beach closed: Shelly Beach on Monday after a surfer was killed by a shark. Photo: Natalie Grono
Police vehicles at Shelly Beach on Monday after a surfer was killed by a shark. Photo: Natalie Grono
Ballina mayor David Wright at the scene of the fatal shark attack on Monday. Photo: Natalie Grono
Tadashi Nakahara, who was killed by a shark on Monday morning.
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Dozens of rescue crews are scouring the NSW north coast for a shark, believed to be a great white, that fatally attacked a surfer on Monday morning.
Tadashi Nakahara, 41, a Japanese national who lived in the area and was popular in the local surfing community, died at Shelly Beach, a well-known tourist spot in Ballina, just before 10am, 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, the Northern Starreported.
Two close-by surfers pulled Mr Nakahara from the water and administered first aid but he died on the sand. Two others paddled out to help apply an improvised tourniquet to the man’s wounds.
“They did their best and unfortunately they couldn’t stop the blood loss,” Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, from Richmond police, said.
It is believed the shark bit off both of Mr Nakahara’s legs, but police have declined to confirm these reports.
“We believe it was a very large shark,” Detective Inspector Lindsay said.
Ballina Shire mayor David Wright said rescuers believed it was a great white shark.
“For a shark to take the board and the person sitting on it, it’s got to be very big,” he said.
Police are waiting for scientific advice about the species of shark, which will help them determine how much risk it poses to swimmers and whether it was the same shark involved in another, non-fatal attack 25 kilometres away on Sunday.
Mr Nakahara was sitting on his surfboard when the shark came up beneath him, taking off both of his legs and pulling him off his surfboard, Detective Inspector Lindsay said.
Police said they have been in contact with the Japanese consulate.
Mr Nakahara is believed to have worked at a Ballina hotel and was well known in the local surfing community.
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.
All beaches along the 15-kilometre stretch from Lennox Head to South Ballina have been closed at the direction of police.
“He was a really nice guy, he loved his surfing,” Richard, the manager of a surf shop, said of Mr Nakahara.
“He always had friends coming out from Japan and he’d always take them surfing.” #BREAKING Fatal shark attack at Shelly beach in Ballina. It’s thought the victim is a Japanese tourist. pic.twitter南京夜网/pX8vhghEoP — Ashleigh (@ASaunders_) February 9, 2015This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.