A man has died after being attacked by a shark on a netted beach in Australia.
The victim, who is believed to be aged in his 50s or 60s, was brought to shore by surfers at Greenmount Beach in Queensland on Tuesday.
Authorities have said he sustained critical leg injuries from the incident, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
There are no details available about the shark, however police are conducting an aerial search for signs of it.
Paramedics worked to evacuate the waters as beaches across the Gold Coast were immediately closed, and are expected to remain shut on Wednesday.
Mark Furner, Queensland fisheries minister, described the death as “an absolute tragedy”.
He said an investigation into the circumstances is being carried out, but “right now our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends.”
According to Seven News, this is the first fatal shark attack at one of the state’s beaches protected by shark nets and drum lines in decades – the last occurred in 1962.
Shark nets are suspended from floats and run parallel to beaches, however sharks are still able to swim around and underneath the nets.
A senate inquiry in 2017 established that Queensland’s shark nets cause more harm than good.
A committee said that the nets provide people with a false sense of security, and they also entangle and kill protected marine species such as whales and turtles.
This attack is the sixth fatality to occur in Australian waters overall in 2020.
Australia‘s last fatal shark attack occurred north of Queensland’s Gold Coast on 4 July, where a 36-year-old spear fisherman died after being bitten on the leg.
Another attack on June 7 saw a 60-year-old surfer killed by a three-metre (10ft) great white shark in an unprotected beach in the south of the Gold Coast.
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