UPDATE @JUNE 8 | Authorities are still on the hunt for a massive 3-metre shark, responsible for the death of a Gold Coast man in Kingscliff yesterday.
60-year-old Robin Pedretti was attacked while surfing at Salt Beach shortly after 10.00am.
Two other surfers have been praised as heroes for fighting off the shark and bringing him to shore, but sadly, he couldn’t be saved.
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The beaches in the area remain closed this morning, with authorities trying to track down the shark.
It’s understood they have orders to ‘catch and kill’.
EARLIER @ JUNE 7 | A surfer has died after being attacked by a shark at Kingscliff, in northern New South Wales this morning.
Witnesses have told police a 3-metre shark attacked the man while he was surfing at Salt Beach shortly after 10.00am.
It’s understood several board-riders rushed to his aid and fought the shark off before the injured man could be helped to shore.
“He was rendered first aid for serious injuries to his left leg but died at the scene,” NSW police confirmed.
While he is yet to be formally identified, he is believed to be a 60-year-old man from Tugun.
Beaches between Kingscliff and Cabarita have been cleared of swimmers and surfers and will remain closed for 24 hours.
Officers are now liaising with the Department of Primary Industry to investigate the circumstances surrounding the man’s tragic death.