A surfer who died after having his arm ripped off in a brutal shark attack was heard screaming for help by shocked witnesses.
The man, who has not been named but is believed to be aged in his 20s, was killed at Shelly Beach, 330 miles north of Sydney.
Paramedics raced to the scene on Sunday and gave the victim CPR but, tragically, he could not be saved.
New South Wales is currently on lockdown due to coronavirus but people can leave their homes for exercise.
Sunday marked Father’s Day in Australia – with many surfers said to have been out to celebrate the holiday
One onlooker said they heard “screaming”.
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They told the Times : “He was shouting ‘Help me, help me’. People were trying to get him out to shore, it didn’t look good.
“A couple of guys on the beach started CPR until paramedics arrived and took over.
“They worked on him for about an hour and a half on the shore trying to resuscitate him.”
The attack is Australia’s second fatal shark bite this year, after surfer in his fifties died on the sand at Tuncurry beach in May.
NSW Department of Primary Industries confirmed the shark was a great white after analysing photographs of the bite, according to news.com.au.
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Chris Wilson,who works for New South Wales Ambulance, looked visibly upset as he relayed the injuries from the attack to reporters.
He said: “A male in his approximate late 20s, sustained significant injuries to his upper body, which has resulted in major bl — I can’t even say that.
“It was a devastating for everybody on the beach this morning.”
Aaron Armstrong was surfing at the time of the attack and saw the man being brought out of the water.
“It’s quite scary,” he told ABC. “You feel for the dude’s family.”
And Glenn Coleman, a resident, heard the sirens coming down his street.
He said many locals were out surfing for Father’s Day. “It’s a heavy feeling. It puts a heavy atmosphere over the village.”
Australia ranked behind only the United States in the number of unprovoked shark encounters with humans in 2019, according to the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File.
Last year was the deadliest since 1929 for shark attacks Down Under, with eight people killed.