A YOUNG surfer has died at a northern NSW beach after he was attacked by a shark while he was surfing yesterday, and beaches in the area are closed.
Zac Young, 19, was body-boarding about 100 metres from shore with three friends yesterday afternoon at a popular break north of Coffs Harbour, when he was bitten on the legs by a shark.
His horrified friends dragged him to land and attempted to resuscitate him.
Paramedics arrived and continued resuscitation efforts but Mr Young, who was from Port Macquarie, died a short time later.
Mr Young, who was surfing with friends about 100m off Riecks Point north of the Coffs Harbour, was thought to have had a heart attack after the event.
Beaches within 10 kilometres of the attack area at Campbells Beach have been closed as authorities search for the killer shark.
They will remain shut until at least today.
Coffs Harbour’s chief lifeguard Greg Hackfath told News Corp shark attacks were “highly unusual” in the area.
“We’ve had two recorded shark attacks . . . in 150 years of settlement,” he said.
Surf Life Saving NSW manager Andy Kent said the attack was an “awful tragedy”.
“The hearts of all surf lifesavers go out to the family of this young victim,” he said.
It was the second fatal shark attack in Australia in a week. Chris Boyd, 35, was killed by a great white shark last Saturday while surfing at Gracetown, 270km south of Perth.