SYDNEY, Australia: A shark killed a swimmer off a Sydney beach in the city’s first fatal attack since 1963.
A witness who had been fishing on rocks nearby estimated the shark was 4.5 meters in size.
“Officers attached to Eastern Beaches Police Area Command, with assistance from the Marine Area Command and Surf Life Saving NSW, attended and located human remains in the water,” the police reported.
No information about the identity of the swimmer has been released.
According to a NSW Ambulance spokeswoman, paramedics were called to Little Bay, but “unfortunately this patient had suffered catastrophic injuries and there was nothing paramedics could do.”
Amidst public concern, the state government of New South Wales has spent millions of dollars to protect against shark attacks along its coast, deploying nets at 51 beaches, as well as drones and shark listening stations.