A man died on Tuesday after being attacked by a shark at a beach on Australia’s Gold Coast, first responders said.
Paramedics treated the man, who was reported to be in his 60s, at Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta around 5 pm (0700 GMT), after he sustained significant leg injuries as a result of a shark bite.
“When paramedics assessed the patient after he was brought to shore, he was sadly declared deceased,” a Queensland Ambulance Services spokesperson said.
The man is believed to have been surfing at the time.
Greenmount Beach, which is near the state border with New South Wales, is protected by shark control nets, local media reported.
Shark attacks on the Gold Coast, which is particularly popular with surfers and divers, are rare.
The last time a surfer was attacked by a shark in the area was at Nobby Beach in 2012, but he survived.
The man will be the seventh person to be killed by sharks in Australian waters so far in 2020, according to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo Shark Attack File.
Its figures showed another six people have been severely injured, making this one of the worst years for shark attacks on record.