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According to Australian officials, a swimmer was killed after suffering catastrophic injuries in the first fatal shark attack near Sydney since 1963.

On Wednesday afternoon, emergency personnel were dispatched to Little Bay beach, Sydney near Malabar, where human remains were discovered in the water, according to authorities. The victim has not been identified by authorities in New South Wales, but an inquiry is underway. Little Bay, as well as a number of other neighboring beaches, are now closed. According to Sky News Australia, hundreds of people were swimming, paddle boarding, and fishing on the surrounding rocks at the time of the attack around 16:30 local time (05:30 GMT) on Wednesday.

One witness told Nine News, “Some guy was swimming and a shark came up and mauled him.” “We turned around after hearing a cry, and it appeared like a car had landed in the sea,” he claimed. Another eyewitness who was fishing on the rocks at the time told ABC news that the swimmer “was yelling at first, and then there were so many splashes when he went down.”

“He was just out for a swim, enjoying the day,” he continued, “but that shark took his life.” The patient had “suffered catastrophic injuries and there was nothing paramedics could do,” according to the New South Wales ambulance service. The beach will be closed as officers searched the area, according to the police.

The police also advised people to be cautious on beaches and to observe Surf Life Saving NSW’s safety guidelines.

The guidance says that beachgoers should:

  • Avoid swimming at river mouths or in murky, discolored waters,
  • Avoid swimming between the red and yellow flags at patrolled places,
  • Avoid swimming at dawn, dusk, or night.
  • Avoid swimming in or near baitfish schools.

Here is a short deadly foootage of the incident:

After a swimmer was severely mauled by a shark off Little Bay yesterday, multiple SMART drumlines have been erected across Sydney beaches. SMART drumlines are a non-lethal shark management method. When an animal is captured on the line, the drumlines are attached to the floor and convey a signal to officials.

The death, which was Sydney’s first fatality in nearly sixty years and necessitated the closure of beaches from Sutherland Shire to Bondi, was likely caused by a great white shark, according to the DPI. “Based on public footage and eyewitness statements, DPI shark biologists estimate a white shark of at least 3 meters in length was most likely involved,” the DPI stated in a statement.

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