SYDNEY ― A lot of Sydney’s iconic seashores, together with the famed Bondi Seaside, have been closed Thursday after an ocean swimmer was killed by a shark, the primary deadly assault within the metropolis in nearly six a long time, authorities mentioned.

The person, who has not been recognized, was swimming on the metropolis’s Little Bay, a well-liked spot for households, on Wednesday afternoon when he was attacked by an unknown species of shark. The animal is considered as much as 16 ft in size and authorities are nonetheless trying to find it.

Native officers closed a stretch of seashores down the town’s jap shoreline, saying the shark may nonetheless pose a risk to the general public.

“The coast is our group’s yard,” Dylan Parker, the mayor of Sydney’s Randwick space, mentioned Wednesday. “Little Bay is generally such a peaceful, lovely place, loved by households. To lose somebody to a shark like that is chilling. We’re all in shock.”

The swimmer went to the Little Bay space practically day-after-day, in line with native accounts. The New South Wales Ambulance service mentioned he seemed to be carrying a wetsuit whereas swimming simply off the rocks beneath a fisherman earlier than the shark attacked. The service mentioned human stays had been discovered within the water, including that the person died from “catastrophic accidents” regardless of a fast response from medical companies.

The final deadly shark assault in Sydney befell in 1963 when a shark bit a 32-year-old girl standing in shallow water about 20 ft offshore. One other particular person was bitten and injured in 2018 within the Randwick space.

Shark assaults are extremely lined by the media and forged a significant pall over the minds of swimmers and surfers, despite the fact that such assaults are a comparatively uncommon prevalence in Australia. The nation averages about one deadly shark assault per yr, however that quantity rose in 2020 when there have been eight deadly assaults, and 2021, when there have been three, in line with the Australian Shark Incident Database.

“That is their area and habitat and I feel once we all determine to go within the water, we should perceive that that is their area,” Steven Pearce, the pinnacle of Surf Life Saving New South Wales informed The Sydney Morning Herald. “In saying that, from what occurred yesterday, it’s stunning, it makes everybody sick simply serious about it and our ideas and hearts exit a lot to the sufferer’s household and pals.”

The New South Wales authorities mentioned final yr it deliberate to spend $500,000 Australian {dollars} to assist forestall and handle shark assaults within the coming years. Officers mentioned the cash could be used for drones that may patrol surf occasions in addition to coaching for shark-specific first assist.

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