Monday, September 8, 2014

50-Year-Old Man Killed in Shark Attack at Clarkes Beach in NSW Australia

Clarkes Beach at Byron Bay - by  Fred O'Donnell Photography
Scene on the beach following the attack
A 50-year-old man, Paul Wilcox, was killed in a shark attack at Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia.  The attack occurred on Tuesday morning, 09 September 2014.

The man was spotted floating face down in the water with a serious injury to his leg and was pulled to shore by beachgoers at Clarkes Beach. A paddleboarder told Northern Star News that the victim was wearing fins and he assumes that he was swimming at the time of the attack.

At this time it does not appear there was a witness to the fatal attack and it is unknown what type of shark was involved although a great white shark was spotted in the area by a news helicopter reporter shortly after the incident.

Great white spotted at Byron Bay by 9 News helicopter
shortly after the attack
An ambulance was summoned but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

At this time, the Byron Shire Council has closed Byron Bay beaches from Belongil to Tallow Beach for the next 24 hours.

[UPDATE: Authorities believe it was a 3 to 4 meter great white shark responsible for the attack.]

Follow local news sources here:
-Man dies after Byron shark attack - Echo Net Daily
-Surfer dies from Byron Bay shark attack - SBS News
-Shark that killed man two metres long: rescuer - Northern Star
-Surfer dies from Byron Bay shark attack - 7 News
-Large shark filmed lurking off Byron Bay beach after fatal attack - 9 News