Saturday, November 23, 2013

Surfer Killed in Shark Attack at Gracetown Beach Western Australia

Lefthanders Beach following the shark attack - by ABC/Ruslan Kulski
Shortly after 9:00am on Saturday November 23, 2013, 35-year-old Chris Boyd, a father of two, was killed by a great white shark while surfing at Lefthanders Beach near Gracetown, Western Australia.

Gracetown – well known for its surfing and nearby wine production  is approximately 160 miles south of Perth.

According to a report with ABC, the shark had made contact with another board before attacking the victim.

The West Australian is reporting that a 3m (10 foot) great white was responsible and that the victim lost his left arm and part of his right leg in the attack. Police believe he died instantly.

The beach was closed and the Department of Fisheries issued an imminent threat order dispatching officers to attempt to catch the shark.  No decision has been made at this point on whether the shark would be killed following any capture.

This marks the third fatal shark attack in Gracetown in the last ten years.

News Accounts:
-Shark kills man, 35, at popular surfing spot in Western Australia - ABC
-Fatal shark attack at Gracetown - The West Australian
-Man killed in shark attack at Lefthanders Beach near Gracetown - Perth Now
-Man dies following Gracetown shark attack - WA Today
Shark kills male surfer at Gracetown Beach, Western Australia - news.com.au

EDIT 11/24:
- Queensland shark attack victim a 'legend' - Brisbane Times
- Shark attack victim remembered as a family man - The New Zealand Herald
- Gracetown surfers and business operators are demanding the Government start hunting and killing white pointers terrorising WA's South West coast. - The West Australian.