The surfer who died in a shark attack on the Gold Coast has been identified as real estate agent Nick Slater.
The 46-year-old, from nearby Miami, was dragged from the water by fellow surfers and lifeguards at Greenmount Beach at Coolangatta on Tuesday evening.
He suffered serious leg injuries and was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene minutes after they arrived.
Queensland Ambulance Supervisor William Houghton said the victim was surfing with mates, one of whom witnessed the attack.
A Westpac Lifesaver Rescue helicopter was circling in the area after first light on Wednesday looking for sharks.
Beaches from Burleigh to Snapper Rocks have been closed for the day and lifeguards are patrolling the waters on jet skis.
The attack has taken locals by surprise because Greenmount Beach has drum lines and is one of several on the Gold Coast with shark nets in place.
In a statement, the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries said the equipment only “lowers risk but does not provide an impenetrable barrier between sharks and humans.”
It is the first shark attack on the Gold Coast since a 20-year-old surfer received non-fatal injuries at Nobbys Beach in 2012, and the first fatal shark attack at a Gold Coast beach since 1958.
It’s also the second fatal shark attack in Queensland in little more than two months after 36-year-old Matthew Tratt died while spearfishing off Fraser Island in early July.
In June, Gold Coast surfer Rob Pedretti, 60, died after he was mauled by a three-metre white shark at Salt Beach at South Kingscliff in northern NSW.
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