A man has died following a horror shark attack on the New South Wales North Coast.
The man, aged in his 20s, was surfing at Shelly Beach, north of Coffs Harbour, around 11am on Sunday when he was bitten.
He suffered significant injuries to his arm and was pulled from the water by fellow swimmers and surfers.
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The rescue chopper was called to the scene, however despite desperate attempts by paramedics, the man could not be revived.
“Despite the best efforts of bystanders, paramedics and other emergency services the patient sadly died at the scene,” NSW Ambulance said.
Three beaches in the area have been closed by lifeguards following the attack.
“Emerald beach, Shelly Beach and Serenity Bay will be closed to all water activity until further notice,” Coffs Harbour Lifeguards said in a post on Facebook.
“Unfortunately, there has been a shark attack in the area. Our sympathies go out to family and friends.”
“Please don’t enter the water in the area bounded in the photo,” they continued.
“The Department of Primary Industries are monitoring the situation. We will update this post should there be any further information or changes to the beach status.
“Do not enter the water between Bare Bluff and Moonee beach.”