Gold Coast leaders pass on thoughts and prayers to family of shark attack victim

Local Gold Coast leaders have passed on their condolences to the family and friends of Nick Slater, who was tragically killed in a shark attack at Coolangatta last night.

The 46-year-old was surfing at Greenmount Beach around 5.00pm, when he was attacked, and bitten on the leg.

Nearby surfers rushed to his aid, and got him into shore as quickly as possible. But sadly, he couldn’t be saved.


The tragedy has rattled the Gold Coast’s surfing community, which hasn’t seen a fatal shark attack since 1958.

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Local leaders are passing on their condolences to Nick’s family and friends, as well as the close-knit community on the southern Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate passed on his thoughts and prayers last night.

“Like every Gold Coaster tonight, I am both shocked and saddened to learn of this terrible tragedy.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the surfer’s family and friends, Mayor Tate said.

“It’s so tragic and its traumatic for the man’s family, for the emergency services, for the lifesavers, and for what is really a tight-knit community in general.

“Our hearts go out to everyone, that is just horrible news,” Member for Broadwater David Crissafulli said.

Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews has thanked all the locals who rushed to Nick’s aid.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family, are with the victim. For those witnesses, for those people that helped, thank you so much. It must have been an absolutely horrific experience.

“But you did all that you could to help, so a big thank you to our Gold Coast surfing community.

“Once again they’ve done all that they can to help this poor man who’s lost his life,” Minister Andrews said.

1029 Hot Tomato’s Surf Reporter Reg is on the beach this morning, and says the local community would have done anything possible to help out their mate.

“When something like this happens, when a tragedy happens like this at your local beach, it rattles your community.

“If any of us – god forbid – were in a situation like this and someone needs assistance, you’re not going to paddle away, you’re going to do what you can.

“And I’m sure the adrenaline kicks in and the moment kicks in, and you want to aid and assist. It’s human nature.

“It’s what we do when crisis happens. But those guys, are absolute legends. Going there, and knowing that their own lives are in danger, to do that is quite heroic,” Reg told Galey, Emily Jade and Christo from Coolangatta beach this morning.

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