Saturday, November 30, 2013

Fatal Shark Attack Takes Life of 19-Year-Old in New South Whales, Australia

Campbell's Beach following attack-by Frank Redward/SMH
A teenage bodyboarder was killed in a shark attack while surfing approximately 200 metres off Cambell’s Beach, located north of Coff’s Harbour in New South Wales.

Zac Young, age 19, was surfing with friends at around 2:00pm on Saturday, November 30, 2013, when he was bitten on the legs by what is believed to be a tiger shark.

Zac and his friends were all siting upright on their boards when the attack occurred.

The shark latched onto the Zac’s leg and did not let go. According to a police officer on the scene, “His mates struggled with the shark for a short time. Then the shark has let go and friends then courageously managed to get him to shore.”

Once at shore, his mates attempted to revive their friend but he was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics.

Jim Rutherford, the former president of the Port Macquarie Bodyboarding Association, is quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald stating that Zac was “the nicest kid you would ever meet.”

He was a really a good hearted kid…he was always trying to help people over the years, I have him so many awards of sportsmanship as well as for being a talented body boarder.”

This marks the second fatal shark attack in Australia in the last week. Last Saturday, November 30, 2013, 35-year-old Chris Boyd was killed by a great white while surfing near Gracetown, Western Australia.

News Accounts:
Surfer killed in shark attack near Coffs Harbour - The Sydney Morning Herald
Shark attack: Bodyboarder Zac Young killed after attack off Campbells Beach in NSW - 7 News
Fatal shark attack victim name released - NSW Police Media Release
Young man dies after shark attack near Coffs Harbour in NSW - The Australian
Port teen killed in Coffs Harbour shark attack - Port News