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Young surfer dies after being attacked by shark and suffering severe leg injuries near Coffs Harbour

A teenage boy has died after he was brutally attacked by a shark near Coffs Harbour.  

The shark attack took place while the 17-year-old boy was surfing at Wooli Beach, near Grafton on the NSW North Coast just before 2.30pm. 

Several surfers came to the boy’s assistance and helped the injured teenager to the shore.  

He suffered serious leg injuries and despite being given first aid and CPR efforts by emergency services to revive him, he died at the scene. 

The shark attack took place while the 17-year-old boy was surfing at Wooli Beach (pictured), near Grafton on the NSW North Coast just before 2.30pm

The shark attack took place while the 17-year-old boy was surfing at Wooli Beach (pictured), near Grafton on the NSW North Coast just before 2.30pm

The shark attack took place while the 17-year-old boy was surfing at Wooli Beach (pictured), near Grafton on the NSW North Coast just before 2.30pm 

Beaches in the area including Wooli, Diggers Camp and Minnie Water have been closed.   

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District will be liaising with the Department of Primary Industry to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death. 

‘Beachgoers are urged to follow safety advice from Surf Life Saving NSW,’ police said in a statement. 

Wooli Beach is not currently patrolled by Surf Life Saving NSW but they will return to beaches in late September. 

A report into the teenager’s death will be prepared for the coroner.  

He suffered serious leg injuries and despite being given first aid and CPR efforts by emergency services to revive him, he died at the scene. Police were pictured collecting his surfboard, which had visible bite marks around its base

He suffered serious leg injuries and despite being given first aid and CPR efforts by emergency services to revive him, he died at the scene. Police were pictured collecting his surfboard, which had visible bite marks around its base

He suffered serious leg injuries and despite being given first aid and CPR efforts by emergency services to revive him, he died at the scene. Police were pictured collecting his surfboard, which had visible bite marks around its base

This latest attack comes after a 60-year-old surfer died after he was bitten in the leg by a three-metre shark at Salt Beach near Kingscliff on June 7. 

A pair of fellow board-riders, including someone who was friends with the victim as well as an unknown surfer, risked their lives trying to save the 60-year-old.

The pair valiantly fought off the shark in a desperate attempt to save the man’s life before dragging him to shore.

Paramedics were waiting on the sand to treat the critical leg injury but he unfortunately died at the scene. 

Source: Daily Mail AU

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