Man killed in shark attack just miles from upcoming pro surf event in Australia

The first fatal shark attack in nearly 60 years occurred Tuesday on Australia’s Gold Coast, according to local TV station 7News.

The man, 46, was brought onto shore at the popular destination spot by fellow surfers and lifeguards.

“I spotted a board floating in the (surfing) line up, and a body was next to it,” Jade Parker told 7News. I just presumed he might have got knocked out, because he wasn’t moving in the water. I ran down to the beach dropped my board and sort of trudged through the line up to get to him.”

Parker described the man’s wounds from the groin area down just below his knee had been taken.

“He was pretty much already gone by then,” he said.

A man has died in the first fatal shark attack on the GC in more than 60 years. 7NEWS spoke with one of the men who tried to bring him into shore. “I ran down to the beach, dropped by board, sort of trudged through the line-up to get to him.”

Just 14 miles south of the incident, at Cabarita Beach, professional surfing is gearing up for its first big swell of the season as the World Surf League (WSL) Australian Grand Slam of Surfing series green-lit Monday the Tweed Coast Pro and Tweed Coast NSW.

Among 24 of Australia’s best surfers competing this week are seven-time WSL champion Stephanie Gilmore and two-time WSL world champion Tyler Wright.

Olympic qualifiers Sally Fitzgibbons, Julian Wilson and Owen Wright will also be on the line-up.

The Australian Grand Slam of Surfing will begin September 13 and October 31 through a strict broadcast due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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