Man dies after mauled by shark at NSW beach

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A man has died after he was mauled by a shark at a NSW beach. 

The man, believed to be aged in his 50s, was bitten on the upper thigh while surfing at Tuncurry next to Forster on the Mid North Coast. 

NSW Police said in a statement emergency services were called to the beach about 11.20am after he suffered critical injuries.

He was pulled from the water and officers from Manning Great Lakes Police commenced CPR.

He died at the scene.

The man died after he was mauled by a shark at Tuncurry Beach in NSW. Source: Getty
The man died after he was mauled by a shark at Tuncurry Beach in NSW. Source: Getty

"Despite the best efforts of paramedics and bystanders at the scene the man could not be resuscitated," NSW Ambulance wrote on Twitter.

Inspector Joshua Smyth said in a statement his sympathies were with the man's family "at this difficult time". 

"Bystanders, including a retired paramedic, did a valiant job pulling the patient from the water and commencing CPR before paramedics arrived. These people should be commended for their brave actions."

"Paramedics and police worked well together in what was a confronting scene in difficult terrain."

Tuncurry Beach and Forster Main Beach are currently closed.

The fatal attack has come a day after DPI Fisheries tweeted a white shark was detected at Main Beach in Forster. 

Police will be working with the Department of Primary Industries to identify the species responsible.

Eerie footage from beach resurfaces

The shark attack comes two years after eerie footage showed a great white shark stalking people at the same NSW beach.

Video uploaded to YouTube by The Rogue Droner shows the shark approaching dangerously close to surfers at Tuncurry Beach on June 9, 2019.

The predator makes it way south swimming slowly in shallow water close to the beach.

It heads towards a group of five surfers, moving to within about 10 metres of one young surfer who seems not to notice the shark. Other surfers also seem oblivious as the shark steers around them.

In January, a man had surgery after being bitten by a shark in the NSW Hunter region.

The 58-year-old suffered severe cuts to his left arm while swimming at Lake Macquarie's Yarrawonga Park.

NSW Ambulance says he was conscious when paramedics came to his aid and he was flown to John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

“When you get a call to attend a shark attack, you never really know the full extent of the injuries until you get on scene," NSW Ambulance Inspector Grahame Rathbone said at the time. 

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