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Greenmount, Queensland - the end sections of the Superbank.

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Surfer Nick Slater, killed in a shark attack at Greenmount late Tuesday. Pic: Facebook via ABC News

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Beach Closed signs have been erected from Snapper Rocks in the Gold Coast's south, to North Burleigh. Pic: ABC News / Cathy Border

Gold Coast shark attack victim named as Nick Slater

9 September 20

Update from Australia’s ABC News: A surfer who died after a shark attack at Greenmount Beach Tuesday afternoon has been named as Nick Slater, with beaches now closed on the southern Gold Coast.

Mr Slater was attacked about 5:00pm and suffered leg injuries. Surfers brought Mr Slater to shore where lifeguards and beachgoers tried to save the 46-year-old, but he died from his leg injury.

Fellow surfer Jade Parker said he tried to rescue Mr Slater and bring the badly injured man back to shore.

"I saw his board floating in the water and his body next to it, basically lifeless," Mr Parker said.

"I originally thought he'd been knocked out by his board, I never thought it was going to be a shark attack, especially here."

Mr Parker said there were bait fish swimming through the water near where Mr Slater was found.

"The whole idea that the shark was trying to single him out, is not realistic. Obviously the shark was here for the school of fish."

There were dozens of surfers in the water but Mr Parkers said most were oblivious to what was happening.

He said when they got to the beach he noticed Mr Slater's surfboard had a bite mark on it.

"It was probably about the same circumference as a basketball .. and there was a tooth still lodged in the fibre glass which I had to remove.

"It was an obvious white pointer tooth."

Mr Parker said the attack would not deter him from getting back into the water but he would not be surfing today.

"I have actually spotted sharks in the water here before but it's very rare," he said.

"It's just a simple fact that you have to take that risk getting into the water. If there's things that can help us not get killed in the water, I'm all up for that, especially shark devices."

Bond University shark researcher Daryl McPhee said the tooth that was retrieved from the board would help identify the type of shark that attacked Mr Slater.

"Assuming the shark is located, it will be very difficult to locate it. I'm not a fan of hunting down a specific shark after a bite, I don't really think it achieves anything. There is no such thing as a rogue shark ,so it's not a Hollywood movie," Mr McPhee said.

Beaches closed

All beaches from the border to North Burleigh are closed today and a helicopter is doing regular sweeps along the beach.

Lifeguards in vehicles are travelling along the beach and lifeguards on jet skis are patrolling the waters.

Greenmount is surrounded by shark nets, with the attack believed to be the first death on a Gold Coast beach since 1958.

Chief Lifeguard Warren Young said despite everyone's best efforts the man could not be saved.

"It was a pretty severe attack and the ambulance and paramedics were here and did what they could, but it was to no avail," Mr Young said.

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Mark Furner said it was a tragedy and his thoughts were with the man's family as well as those who attended the scene.

He said an investigation into the attack was underway which may suggest additional shark control and monitoring systems.

Mr Furner said shark nets and drum lines were already in place at the beach and despite yesterday's attack they were still an effective form of control.

"They're very effective and that's why, since the program's been in operation since 1962, 58 years, this is only the second fatality in shark control program beaches.

"These are deterrents to sharks, like anything it's not fail-proof."

Minister Furner ruled out the shark being killed, but said it might be tracked through surveillance of the area.

"We don't hunt sharks … we put in material to protect swimmers, our priority is maintaining the safety of swimmers."

Queensland's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries shark net program website warns nets do, "not provide an impenetrable barrier between sharks and humans", nor prevent sharks from entering any particular area.

"They're intended to catch 'resident sharks' and sharks that pass through the area while feeding on fish bait," the website said.




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