Coffs Harbour man in his twenties dies after being attacked by a shark at Emerald Beach
A man, believed to be in his 20s, died after receiving significant injuries in a shark attack on a popular NSW beach, according to emergency workers on scene.
As a result of a shark attack on the NSW north coast, lifeguards have blocked three beaches.
The man, who is believed to be in his 20s, was bitten on the arm just before 11am on Sunday at Shelly Beach, north of Coffs Harbour.
To help him with CPR, four ambulance personnel as well as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter were dispatched.
Although he was rescued from the water, the man did not survive despite the efforts of emergency workers.
NSW Ambulance's Chris Wilson described it as "devastating" for everyone who was on the beach this morning.
Surfers and passersby came to the man's help. They were really brave in a difficult situation.
To continue treatment, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter hoisted a critical care medical team onto the beach through the helicopter's winch system.
In spite of the best efforts of passersby, paramedics, and other emergency services, the patient was unable to be revived. "
Emerald Beach's Shelly Beach may be found near the northern end of Look At Me Now Headland.
After the closure of three famous surfing sites in Coffs Harbour, Coffs Harbour Lifeguards announced it on their Facebook page on Sunday.
For now, "all water activities will be prohibited in Emerald Bay (including swimming), Shelly Beach (including swimming), and Serenity Bay (including swimming)."
A fatal shark attack has occurred in the region, which is unfortunate. Families and friends are in our thoughts. " We ask that you not enter the water in the images below. This is being monitored by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI)." Any new information or changes to the beach's status will be posted here.
Never swim between Bare Bluff and Moonbeach, the warning reads.