Teen dies in suspected shark attack at Grafton

A teenage boy has died in a suspected shark attack on the Mid North Coast today.

Witnesses have told police a shark attacked the teenager while he was surfing at Wilsons Headland at Wooli Beach, near Grafton, just before 2.30pm (Saturday 11 July 2020).

Several board-riders came to his assistance before the injured teen could be helped to shore.

First aid was rendered for serious injuries to his legs and despite CPR efforts to revive him, the 17-year-old died at the scene.

Beaches in the area including Wooli, Diggers Camp and Minnie Water have been closed.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District will be liaising with the Department of Primary Industry to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Beachgoers are urged to follow safety advice from Surf Life Saving NSW and by visiting the Department of Primary Industry’s website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/sharks and the SharkSmart app.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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