Gold Coast Surfer Killed by Shark at Superbank in Australia

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Somber information out of Australia, the place one other surfer has died after being attacked by a shark. At this time’s assault, on a neighborhood surfer in his 50s, occurred on the Rainbow Bay part of the Snapper to Kirra Superbank.

In response to Coastalwatch, “The sufferer was browsing a small onshore swell between Little Marley and Greenmount when he was hit at roughly 5pm. There was a crowd of surfers additional out at Snapper Rocks, however the sufferer was the one surfer within the speedy neighborhood when the shark attacked.”

Being down from Snapper and away from different surfers, the assault went unnoticed at first, and it took a little bit of time for anybody to understand what had occurred. “I used to be strolling across the Greenmount footpath, and there have been 4 or 5 guys pointing and yelling out to the lineup,” says one of the surfers that noticed the sufferer, and subsequently helped drag him to the seashore. “I appeared out to the place they have been pointing and noticed a board floating within the lineup, and a physique was subsequent to it. I assumed he might need obtained knocked out, as a result of he wasn’t transferring.”

When he obtained to the sufferer to assist drag him to shore, he noticed he was lacking a bit from his groin right down to his knee, and realized what had occurred. Sadly, at that time, it was already too late for assist. “We put him on the stretcher, however he was just about passed by then,” he continued. As for what might need provoked the assault, he supplied his ideas. “I might see a college of fish out the place he was, and about 30-ish birds diving, so there was a little bit of exercise on the water. That’s in all probability what the shark was coming for.”

Whereas the inherent shark dangers that include browsing in Australia are well-publicized, an assault on the Superbank comes as a giant shock. The Gold Coast’s seashores—together with the Snapper to Kirra stretch—have utilized shark nets because the 60s, and that is the primary fatality on a netted Queensland seashore. Though, Coastalwatch does point out of their reporting that “it’s believed the nets weren’t in place on the time of the assault. Drumlines nevertheless have been.”

Whether or not nets have been in place or not, the stretch of seashore the place the assault occurred is frequented by tons of of 1000’s of surfers yearly and is usually not thought-about “sharky,” no less than not the way in which many different, extra distant seashores in Australia are. It’s house to the WSL’s opening occasion on the Championship Tour calendar yearly, and there’s a very good probability you could have surfed it.

Our condolences are with the sufferer, his household and the Gold Coast surf neighborhood.

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