Fatal Shark Attack At Ballina

Surf Life Saving NSW duty officers are on the scene of a fatal shark attack at Shelly Beach, Ballina on the state’s Far North Coast.

Shortly before 10:00am, the Surf Life Saving Emergency Response System was alerted by police of reports of an incident involved a male aged in his 20s who had been attacked by a shark.

The man was pulled from the water by a group of surfers where CPR was attempted but all efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Duty officers and life guards have cleared the water at the direction of police.

Beaches are unpatrolled at this time of year, but as a result of this incident the Australian Lifeguard Service has stationed lifeguards at all beaches in the Ballina Shire to keep the public informed and out of the water.

Surf Life Saving assets including inflatable rescue boats, jet skis and the Ballina Jet Rescue Boat are assisting police to search the waters for the shark.

NSW Life Saving Manager Andy Kent said surf life saving assets will remain on-scene to assist police in any way that is required.

“This is obviously a very serious incident and we would ask that the public follow the directions of emergency service workers and lifeguards by remaining clear of the water.”

“Our thoughts go out to the man’s family and friends, who are dealing with this tragedy.”

Mon 9 Feb 2015