Officials said a 60-year-old surfer was killed in Australia by a large 10-meter white shark.
Rob Pedretti was run by the shark around 10:20 am on the northern New South Wales coast, 9News reported.
According to Surf Life Saving NSW, a rescue organization, other surfers tried to fight the great white and dragged the man to the shore.
“The actions of these people were not heroic in making every effort to save this gentleman,” said New South Wales Police Officer Matt Kehoe.
New South Wales Ambulance Inspector Terence Savage said that first aid was given to the man but could not be saved.
Authorities said Pedretti, who was injured behind his thigh, died on the beach.
“When you receive a call to participate in a shark attack, you cannot fully know the damage until you get on the scene,” said Savage. “They did their best to save their lives, but they couldn’t, although they did their best.”
The state’s Ministry of Basic Industries said the photos confirmed that a large white shark was responsible for the attack.
Death pointed to the third deadly shark attack in Australia this year.
In January, a diver was killed near Esperance on the western Australian state coast, and then the shark killed a 23-year-old wildlife worker in the Great Barrier Reef in April.
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