Japanese expat in Australia killed in shark attack

Published:  12 Feb at 12 PM
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A Japanese expat living in Australia has died after being attacked by a shark of the coast of New South Wales.

The 41-year-old man, who has yet to be named, was surfing in the water near the town of Ballina on Monday when the attack occurred. Witnesses were able to pull him to shore but their efforts to save him were in vain because of the amount of blood loss he had suffered.

Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said that they were told he was surfing with a group of up to four men, while two were close to him when the shark struck. He explained that the two other surfers paddled out to assist the man and the four were able to get him back to the beach, but were unable to stop the bleeding.

Lindsay went on to describe his leg injuries as “substantial” and led to significant blood loss, which he believed was the cause of death.

The detective inspector revealed that authorities were now discussing what action to take, and searching the area for what they believed was a very large shark. He said once they had determined what kind of shark it was, they would know if it was a threat to humans and decide what to do about it.

The Japanese man had been living in Ballina for around a year and was well known among local surfers, Mayor David Wright revealed, adding that such a tragedy had hurt the community.
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